Spurs striker Roberto Soldado lavishes praise on 'brilliant player' Christian Eriksen

Soldado has been impressed by new boy, Christian Eriksen. Photo: PA

Roberto Soldado has been impressed by team-mate Christian Eriksen's rapid adaptation to English football.

Eriksen signed for Tottenham from Ajax for £11.5m on the final weekend of the transfer window, and because of the international break he barely had time to get to know his new team-mates before his first game for the club on Saturday.

The Dane had only had three training sessions with the Tottenham squad, but he looked right at home as he dazzled on debut, playing a part in both of Gylfi Sigurdsson's goals in an easy 2-0 win over Norwich.

Tottenham had looked a little flat in midfield during their first three games, but Eriksen's deployment as a number 10 just behind Soldado proved to be a masterstroke from manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The 21-year-old linked midfield and attack perfectly and his skilful touches on the ball mean he was lauded by the Tottenham fans and his team-mates alike.

"He is a brilliant player. It's incredible that he has got up to this level already in his first game in English football," Soldado said.

"It's great for him, for the team. He is a player who is capable of improving all of us.

"He is a player that makes everything look easy and that's good for us. Today he made the difference, he's a player that can support us in everything we do. He can offer us a lot of passes to everyone who plays in attack for Spurs."

Soldado almost added his fifth in as many games when he pounced on an Eriksen loose shot, but his clever backheel hit a post.

Still, Tottenham were good value for their win, and had it not been for some impressive defending from the Canaries, the home side could have had four or five.

There were concerns that Spurs would not be able to cope without Gareth Bale in their side, but they have now chalked up three wins from four games without the Welshman.

Soldado thinks home victories like the one against Norwich could prove crucial come May, when Spurs hope to be in the top four.

"We know that it's important to get three points at home, that will be clear at the end of the season," the Spaniard said.

"I was close to scoring, but winning games always comes first for me."

Villas-Boas admitted that it will take some time for his seven new signings to integrate themselves, but the early signs look good.

Villas-Boas has played down talk of a possible tilt at the title, but Norwich manager Chris Hughton, a former player and coach at the north London club, thinks Spurs could have a chance.

"It's certainly a squad that will be up there challenging," Hughton said. "There is no doubt about that. They have put together a wonderful squad.

"They don't have the experience of winning it recently, unlike the teams around them, but Tottenham are aspiring to do that."

Hughton, who has registered just one win in his opening four games, was impressed with how Eriksen and fellow summer signing Paulinho performed.

"I have seen a lot of Eriksen and he will be a real star here," Hughton said.

"He is a very good player, if you look at his record for a lad of 21 he must have nearly 40 caps for Denmark. He is almost an experienced young player and he is just very, very good.

"When you've got the likes of Paulinho and (Mousa) Dembele and Eriksen, with Sigurdsson coming off the wide areas the decisions you have to make are how you want to go tactically and it is hard to stop that."