In our latest instalment of the Flashback series, we take a look back at a certain moment and look at how things might have changed those initial reactions.
The summer transfer window may be long gone, but you don’t have to look too hard to find a rumour connecting Spurs’ Christian Eriksen with a move away.
But why now? With Spurs’ form of late hardly helping matters, it seems as though their appearance (and subsequent defeat) in the Champions League final has left Eriksen wanting more – though neither a new deal nor a new club has been forthcoming.
And while Spurs have made domestic progress since Mauricio Pochettino arrived at the club, perhaps their failure on the grander stage of a European final was one too many for Eriksen’s liking. After all, it must have been sickening waiting six years just to end up with nothing.
Eriksen was brought into the squad as one of many, with Andre Villas-Boas recruiting a mini-army with the world-record sum he received for Gareth Bale after he was sold to Real Madrid in the summer of 2013.
Along with the likes of Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado, Eriksen was tasked with helping Spurs reach the Champions League after consecutive near-misses in the years that preceded his arrival.
Villas-Boas was gone within months, and although the club made the small step of progress in finishing as League Cup runners-up in Pochettino’s first year in charge, they made significant progress with back-to-back best-ever finishes in the Premier League in the two years that followed.
With Champions League football to boot, there could be little arguing that Eriksen was playing on the kind of stage he and his team had deserved.
But trophies still eluded the team, including two FA Cup semi-final defeats at a stadium which Spurs had previously used as their own – the latter of which, against Manchester United, was effectively an away game for Jose Mourinho’s eventual finalists.
Whether or not Eriksen regards Spurs’ latest close call in Madrid as the final straw, the plain fact is that from the point of the 27-year-old’s arrival, Spurs’ trophy cabinet looks no different (that is, as long as they don’t clog any space up with the Audi Cup won in pre-season).
Six years on, and Spurs are in exactly the same predicament of trying to reach that next step that even the likes of Eriksen, World Cup-winning Hugo Lloris and serial holder of Golden Boots Harry Kane cannot manage.
And suddenly, it looks clear why Eriksen may feel it is time to find new teammates that can make that step.
Is it fair for Eriksen to want a move away, or should he show more loyalty to Spurs? Let us know in the comments below!
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