Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas stated in his press conference on Thursday that new signing Christian Eriksen can be as good as Wesley Sneijder and former Spurs favourite Rafael Van der Vaart.

Both of the Dutchmen came through the ranks at Ajax where 21-year-old Danish starlet Eriksen had been plying his trade in the Eredivisie.

“I think what happened with Christian is a bit like what happened with Van der Vaart and Sneijder when they were at Ajax” explained the Portuguese coach.

“They reached a moment in their careers where they became extremely important for the team and the club that goes there and gets them makes a great transfer move and we expect great things of Christian Eriksen.”

Sneijder and Van der Vaart both came through the youth system at Ajax – the Amsterdam based Dutch champions have exported some of the finest footballing talents in the world the likes of Johan Cruyff Frank Rijkaard Marco van Basten Clarence Seedorf Edgar Davids Edwin van der Sar Dennis Bergkamp Frank de Boer Marc Overmars Patrick Kluivert Jaap Stam Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Luis Suarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are all former students of the club.

Their list of pupils reads like a who’s who of Dutch football and Sneijder and Van der Vaart are undoubtedly two of their brightest and most gifted exports. The former went on to win the Champions League and the Serie A title with Inter Milan and the La Liga title with Real Madrid as well as being named UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year in 2010 as well as featuring in the World Cup Final with the Netherlands that same year.

The latter was also part of that World Cup Final team that came runners up to Spain in 2010 and was also at Real Madrid where he won the Supercopa de Espana in 2008 the same year he was also nominated for the Ballon d’Or before moving to Spurs in 2010.