Eriksen's Instant Impact

With the deadlock yet to be broken after 66 minutes in Tottenham's game against Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane, Christian Eriksen entered the field of play upon his return from injury, and Spurs' winning goal came just two minutes later.

Though the goal owed largely to the resilience shown by Erik Lamela in his own half, making a tackle to start the counter attack, it was Eriksen's incisive, perfectly-weighted ball into the path of Heung-Min Son that enabled Spurs to get behind the Eagles' defence and open the scoring. 

The Dane's display in the 2-2 draw with Swansea City has the Tottenham faithful purring at the prospect of a return to form for the former Ajax midfielder, and what that could potentially mean for the club as a whole.

Eriksen has a habit of drifting in and out of games, a trait that often leads to his substitution if the team are chasing a goal. On Sunday, that trait was nowhere to be seen. 

Spurs' own dead ball specialist came close to scoring another spectacular free-kick in the 4-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, only for his effort to come crashing off the bar for Harry Kane to tap in and claim his first goal of the season. 

Having a player in the side that holds such threat from a set-piece brings a whole new dimension to the team, and gives the opposition something extra to worry about. 

With Eriksen's threat in the back of their minds, opposition defenders may be reluctant to make a challenge around the area, something that could benefit the Spurs' attack immensely.

The 23-year-old's tally of seven shots was higher than any other player on the pitch, with Bafetimbi Gomis and Andros Townsend registering the joint-second highest tallies with four. 

Swansea stopper Lukasz Fabianski didn't appear to know how to combat the threat of Eriksen's free-kicks. The Poland international was completely wrong-footed for Spurs' opening goal, with the ball evading the wall and ending up finishing in the middle of Fabianski's net. 

The former Arsenal man had little chance of stopping Eriksen's second effort, however, despite his best efforts. A moment of genius from Tottenham's number 23 saw the ball rattle into the top right-hand corner of the goal, past the despairing dive of the Swans' stopper, levelling the game up at 2-2.

A late effort from Eriksen from just outside the box whistled past the post, an effort that would've appeared as a carbon copy to the Denmark international's dramatic winner at the Liberty Stadium last time out had it found the bottom corner.

Eriksen's tally of 25 passes in the attacking third, 19 of which were successful, was also the highest of any player. Ben Davies registered the second highest total, somewhat surprisingly, with 15 of his 20 passes in the final third finding their target. 

The Dane has already equalled his assist tally from last season, setting up two goals in his five Premier League appearances, level with Erik Lamela, who was top of the assist charts last season with his return of seven. 

Mauricio Pochettino's arrival saw Eriksen trying his luck in front of goal far more regularly than in his first campaign under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, his shots-per-game average of three this season shows an increase on both last season (2.55) and his debut campaign (1.92). 

If Tottenham are to defy expectations and mount an unexpected challenge for the top four, Christian Eriksen will likely be central to their success. The midfielder appears to have overcome his injury worries, and with fixtures coming thick and fast after the international break, this could be the season Eriksen lives up to his mammoth potential.