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Tottenham boss hails ‘very important’ midfield star after Sunderland display

PUBLISHED: 15:12 16 January 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 16 January 2016

Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino must decide how to use his squad ahead of back-to-back clashes against Leicester City in the FA Cup and Premier League. Pic: PA

Tottenham's head coach Mauricio Pochettino must decide how to use his squad ahead of back-to-back clashes against Leicester City in the FA Cup and Premier League. Pic: PA

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed Christian Eriksen’s display against Sunderland as ‘very important’ in their season.

The 23-year-old Dane scored twice as Spurs came from behind to beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane.

Eriksen has failed to score goals on a regular basis for Spurs in recent months but Pochettino knows his is still showing his class.

“It is very important for him,” Pochettino said.

“He is very important and one of our best players. We have to understand he is only 23-years-old.

“We have to be patient with him. When you score you are happy. I am happy for him.

“I think it was a very good afternoon for him. For him and all of the squad, it is important he helps us achieve.”

Tottenham were not at their best but showed good character to come strong in the second half.

Title talk is growing in north London and Pochettino won’t rule Spurs out.

“It was very important, a good reaction,” he said.

“It was a great performance from the team and the squad, I am very happy.

“I think it is early to speak about the title. We need to improve and learn a lot. It is important to realise what we have.

“We are in a good position and it is realistic, but we need to keep working hard. It is fantastic how we responded; we are very young but very strong.

“We need to create more though. From the beginning of our project I think it is good where we are after 18 months.”

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