Before this Mauricio Pochettino had lined up in a 4-3-1-2 formation with the midfield three consisting of Moussa Sissoko, Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks. Good enough on paper but on the pitch they did not perform.
This all changed when Eriksen was brought on – but what that first 64 minutes showed is that Ndombele and Sissoko cannot be played together this season.
This extra goal contribution from midfield could be crucial for Spurs – and the game on Saturday showed the difference between the two when it comes to finishing.
Ndombele cracked in a superb curling strike to bring his side level – while Sissoko managed to put a shot out for a throw-in from the six-yard box, it was impressive that a Premier League footballer managed to do that.
As well as this Pochettino rates Winks very highly – and he will be a prominent part of Tottenham’s midfield this season, and with Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli still to come back one of Sissoko or Ndombele will have to miss out.
Let’s be honest it is hardly going to be Spurs’ new record signing is it?
It, therefore, seems that it will be Sissoko who will be dropped – it will certainly be better than trying to play both Ndombele and Sissoko together.