The transfer window may have closed but Christian Eriksen’s future still remains to open debate. The Danish midfielder has been quite clear in his stance that he wants a new challenge, but Spurs remain keen on keeping him beyond the summer. Mauricio Pochettino now claimed that the midfielder remains happy at the club despite failing to get the move that he wanted.
Eriksen has been one of Spurs’ best players over the last five years. All the headlines may have been about the exploits of Harry Kane and Delli Alli, but few will deny that Eriksen has been the focal point of the team. Hence, it is quite natural that a lot of things change at a club when a player of this magnitude wants to leave. According to Sky Sports, Pochettino said:
“He has always been happy here. Of course, everyone has their aims and challenges but I told you before the Arsenal game that he was in the right mind. That’s why I selected him.
“He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot.
“He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances.”
The Denmark international was very keen on a switch to Real Madrid in the summer. Los Blancos, though, started showing interest only towards the end of the window when it became apparent that they were going to miss out on Paul Pogba. This put Spurs under serious pressure, as there was no possibility of getting a replacement since the window had already closed for the Premier League teams.
Now, there is even more pressure on Daniel Levy considering that a player like Eriksen will be available on a free in less than 12 months. Eriksen will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January. After having mocked Arsenal for their inability to keep the likes of Aaron Ramsey, it is certainly one of the moments when Spurs could be forced to eat humble pie in front of our rivals.
Eriksen is easily worth upwards of £80 million and losing a player of this stature for free will be a major blow for any club. There was a lot of interest from Manchester United who eventually had to back down since the player was keen on moving to a European club. However, there is every possibility that United will come back into the frame if a move to Madrid fails.
More than the pain of losing a player like Eriksen, it will be a disaster to see him represent another English club. It will also hurt the team quite immensely in the top four race. Levy is trying hard to avoid this double whammy, whose likelihood is growing by the day.
The poor start to the season does not help Spurs to convince Eriksen that he should stay. At 27, the midfielder will see next summer as the ideal time to seek a new challenge. If not, there is a serious risk of other big clubs turning their back on the player. After having been at Spurs since the 2013/14 season, it is only fair that the player is starting to consider certain options for the betterment of his career.
Even though Eriksen’s individual numbers – throughout his time with the club – are great, he does not have any trophy at Spurs. The club have a big task in convincing the player under these circumstances.