Tottenham are increasingly concerned that midfield star Christian Eriksen may go for new pastures before the end of the summer transfer window. Manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted that he is not sure if the Danish international will stay at the club.
Eriksen has less than 12 months left on his contract and he will be free to negotiate terms with foreign clubs from January. So far, there have been little signs of the player putting pen to the paper for a new contract. It places chairman Daniel Levy in a tricky situation – losing the player for substantially lower than his transfer value this summer or letting him leave on a free next summer after extracting as much performance as possible.
Speaking to Sport, Pochettino said: “My objective is to help all the player, my job is to support them until they decide to take a different path in their career.”
There is little doubt that Eriksen has played a crucial role in Spurs’ success over the last three years. The club have been able to register a top four finish in each of the last four seasons due to the playmaker coming good. Signed as a player with great potential in 2013, it took a few years for Eriksson to make a consistent mark in the Premier League. Across all competitions, he has scored in double digits in five out of the six campaigns. Crucially, he has been able to get 53 assists in the last four seasons. If Harry Kane’s importance cannot be overlooked, Eriksen is not far behind.
Losing a player of this magnitude after the transfer window has shut will be a major blow to any team. Even after the decent outlay in the summer transfer window, Spurs remain short on squad strength required to challenge on all fronts.
Pochettino has ruled out the likelihood of dropping Eriksen and it is understandable that a player of this magnitude will always help the team – even if their hearts lie elsewhere. The upcoming game against Manchester City is expected to see Eriksen pulling the strings, as Pochettino simply cannot afford to leave a player of his magnitude in such a big match.
Juventus and Real Madrid have shown a lot of interest in the player. Initially, Levy were expecting a sizeable transfer fee for the midfield star. The lack of depth in the squad coupled with the inability to bring in a replacement – due to the end of the transfer window in the Premier League – places Pochettino and Levy in a difficult situation.
Manchester United were a lot keen on the midfielder but his desire to move abroad ended their pursuit.
Madrid will be the more likely destination considering that Zinedine Zidane’s pursuit of Paul Pogba is so far not being successful. The Real Madrid boss has been promised an influential midfielder who can dominate every facet of the Los Blancos’ play. Eriksen may not have the same physical stature as Pogba, but his influence is not far behind. As the likelihood of Pogba moving to Madrid decreases, Eriksen is increasingly likely to end up at the Santiago Bernabeu before September 2 – when the transfer window closes for the European clubs.