Spurs should be going all-out to sign Christian Eriksen to avoid a huge missed opportunity.
Reports in the last few hours have claimed that, although Tottenham made contact with the representatives of Christian Eriksen two weeks ago, they have not followed up on their interest since then.
Alasdair Gold reveals the noises coming out of Spurs are downplaying their chances of re-signing the Dane, with interest from Manchester United, Brentford, Leicester City, Everton, Newcastle United, Ajax, and a La Liga club.
Meanwhile, Fabrizio Romano reported that Spurs are now concentrating on moves for a right-wing-back, a centre-back and a striker.
Eriksen returning to North London was never a guarantee this summer, far from it in fact. However, I always assumed if he didn’t come back to Spurs it would not be from a lack of trying, but the man himself wanting a different challenge.
After all, who could blame him for showing loyalty to Brentford, wanting to wear the United shirt for a couple of years, or heading back to Ajax?
Tottenham would surely have a lot of pull factor when it comes to Eriksen. He was at the club for seven years. He has close relationships with many of the players and staff still at the club. He has admitted he is still a Tottenham fan.
The club have the best stadium and training ground in the country. Spurs have Champions League football. Antonio Conte managed him at Inter Milan, they won the Serie A title together, and Eriksen thrived in the second half of that season. Even Fabio Paratici has tried to sign the midfielder before.
Therefore, it would confuse me greatly if Tottenham didn’t throw everything they had at Eriksen this summer to see whether he could be tempted into a return.
And don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a move fuelled by nostalgia or a step backwards, I believe Eriksen would represent the perfect signing in the creative midfield position this summer.
Let’s start by saying he is a free transfer. While there are costs associated with signing fees and wages, whatever the case, you’re going to be getting a class and experienced player at a snip.
Whether or not Eriksen is Conte’s top midfield target, you can save money to invest higher transfer fees into an extra player. It’s all about adding more quality and depth to the squad – you can’t win trophies without that.
While Tottenham have Hojbjerg, Skipp, Bissouma, Winks, and Bentancur, only the latter is really a consistent creator in the team – and even he does most of his work from deep.
Eriksen is a tried-and-tested Premier League creator who can play so many different roles, it’s a joke.
Back at his peak with Spurs, Eriksen was mainly used as a central attacking midfielder or out on the right to thread balls in behind and whip in dangerous crosses.
🏟 206 Premier League starts
⚽️ 51 goals
🅰️ 62 assists
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However, he can also operate in a deeper creative role in a midfield two against low-block teams when Spurs are likely to have most of the ball.
He can line up in a midfield three in a 3-5-2 formation as he did with Conte at Inter Milan.
He can operate in either of the number 10 pockets behind Kane in a 3-4-2-1 formation.
He also isn’t restricted to using one foot, and is the perfect midfielder to have out wide when you want overlapping wing-backs.
The question many have asked is whether the Dane would get enough game time at Spurs. Conte is trying to create a squad that doesn’t have a set starting XI. Look at Man City – Pep is able to rotate all the time depending on the opposition, fitness, and form.
With Eriksen able to play arguably five different positions to a very high standard, across four different competitions, I really don’t think game time would be a problem.
If Christian wants to try a different challenge, I can’t blame him and wish him all the best – but I would be rather disappointed if Tottenham didn’t push hard to sign him.
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