Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has heaped praise on Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, stating that he and David Silva are among the best playmakers in the division. Ozil has made 12 assists thus far, more than anyone else in Europe's top five leagues.
Eriksen has been in brilliant form himself, scoring two goals and making five assists in 12 appearances for Spurs. However, he insists that there is still some ground to cover for him to be compared to the German, whom he religiously followed during his time at Real Madrid. Ozil got the Gunners out of a situation yet again, assisting the first goal as the Gunners secured a crucial 3-1 win over Sunderland to get themselves back on track for a title push.
"I used to watch him when I was at Ajax and he was at Real Madrid. It is a joke how he good he is. David Silva as well — he is probably the best playmaker in the Premier League. You watch Silva and he almost never gives the ball away. He is always looking, thinking, making the right calls. Always getting the decisions right," Eriksen told the Daily Mail.
The Denmark international also lauded his mentor at Ajax, Dennis Bergkamp, who has attained legendary status in north London following his impressive stint with the Gunners under Arsene Wenger. The Dutchman is among the best playmakers to have ever graced the Premier League and Eriksen insists that a lot of his present skills are down to being trained by him at Ajax.
"Bergkamp, he knows the feeling of the ball — he has that sense for a hard ball, a soft ball. When he joined in the possession games in the first team, I don't think he ever lost the ball. It was quite annoying sometimes. He is such an interesting guy as well. He is quite quiet but you know how much he is respected because even though he doesn't talk much in meetings, if he does, everyone listens and everyone learns," Eriksen added.