actually i'm a bit surprised by that opinion because i've been keeping an eye on him for a while, i think he's technically a flawless passer and worth more spa, but he doesn't really create danger per se from what i've been seeing.
He's absolutely crucial for how he can flawlessly execute key passes, but he's never the one to make the direct through ball. I think Tottenham has built their current squad with incredible savvy, because i really don't think the core they've built their team around, the likes of dembele, eriksen, dele, kane, who are the core of their buildup and attack, would improve any title challenging team, or are players that top clubs really feel compelled to spend too much time/money chasing. They're all rounded players who are not dominant in their roles, but add up together to make a super effective buildup/offensive half of a team- one that's been top 2 for two seasons now.
Dembele is one of those players everyone loves- he's strong as an ox with a fantastic technical level, and has impressive speed, and his tackling has risen to a very decent level- but not enough to be a pure midfield holder, nor is his passing enough to make up for that fact. Eriksen is a flawless passer but i think he doesn't command a match and thread killer passes to the ability he can. I think he is probably an orange spa as high as 91, but he just uses that level of pass so seldomly- I have seen these passes though here and there the past season or two in matches. If you compare Eriksen to Dele you can see Dele has far more attacking instinct and creativity; when dele is engaging in an attack he's making dangerous touches, unpredictable turns or cuts, and impressive one touch passes to set up shots. Eriksen is just so important because of how technically good a passer he is, so he's the one the team has to rely on to make those passes only the best passers can make to shave a few seconds off of a transition into attack with the tightest margin key passes; he's the one to keep the team ticking with consistent passing, and technical prowess. I've had a set i've worked on casually for a while but didn't get comfortable enough to post yet, i started it because i saw that eriksen was way underrated in his passing/build up ability, (this was when he had 83 or something spa), but i'm working on other things and probably can't return to this for some time and so far what i have saved is this:
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- Attack: 81
Top Speed: 80
Dribble Accuracy: 86
Dribble Speed: 85
Short Pass Accuracy: 89
Short Pass Speed: 85
Long Pass Accuracy: 87
Long Pass Speed: 87
Shot Accuracy: 77
Shot Power: 83
Shot Technique: 78
Free Kick Accuracy: 88
Keeper Skills: 50
i believe i made some slight further adjustments or changed my mind on some areas, but can't find where i saved that version. This is not what i consider a finished or convincing set, but it conveys some areas i see differences in and i hope it can be useful to bring up discussion on areas of his ability.
The only definites are that he's an orange/near orange spa, but doesn't deserve Passing*- also that his technique is underrated. I originally thought he's a pretty low sps like this set, but i vaguely recall seeing in other moments how comfortable he is to pass over a distance. i have no argument about sps though, it's just how the set i've saved is.
Anyways i haven't watched him in a few monthes now so i don't have anything to reference back to, but I'm interested in hearing more about what you think about him, i've watched quite a bit of spurs matches here or there and seen what vs vids i could and this is the impression i had. I'm also having a laugh trying to understand exactly what this means
His ability to spot runs, spot runs even when players aren't even making runs is absolutely phenomenal
i think, when players make runs but don't expect a pass or yell their head off trying to ask for a pass? Passes that come to them and their surprised they were spotted?
If you don't put effort into your post, i won't put effort in my response.