Eriksen takes share of blame
Christian Eriksen has taken the heat off Theo Janssen by insisting he deserves a share of the criticism being aimed at Ajax.
Last Updated: 19/10/11 1:01pm
Ajax youngster Christian Eriksen has moved to take some of the heat off team-mate Theo Janssen by insisting he deserves a share of the criticism currently being directed at the club.
The reigning champions have recently endured a poor run of form which has seen them fail to pick up an Eredivisie victory in four games.
Midfielder Janssen, a summer arrival from Dutch rivals FC Twente, has come under fire for his performances during that period.
But highly-rated teenager Eriksen, who scored during Ajax's 2-0 UEFA Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday night, believes he too should be questioned.
The 19-year-old Dane told NUsport: "I have been relatively spared.
"All the criticism has gone to Theo Janssen and that is undeserved. They can also check out to see if I have been running the midfield. I find it ridiculous that all the criticism is directed at one player."
Eriksen also expressed his frustration at the fact he had not played recently in his more customary attacking midfield role.
He added: "I am better at number 10. I like the freedom to roam right or left.
"That's how I was trained and it feels natural to me."
Winger Derk Boerrigter, who also scored in Croatia on Tuesday, believes Ajax will feel lifted heading into Sunday's clash with Feyenoord after securing a midweek victory in Europe.
"In the second half we were a lot stronger than them. We scored and played well," the Dutchman told Voetbal International.
"This gives us confidence for the Premier League this weekend against Feyenoord."