‘He’s not a troublemaker’ – Harry Redknapp cannot understand treatment of this Spurs player
Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has questioned Christian Eriksen’s absence from the Tottenham starting XI after the midfielder was restricted to another substitute appearance during their defeat to Newcastle United at the weekend.
Eriksen has been linked to a move away from Spurs in the summer, and while he remains on the books with a week remaining of the European transfer window, has only started one of Tottenham’s opening three Premier League games.
The Danish international came off the bench to good effect on the opening weekend against Aston Villa, inspiring his side to a comeback 3-1 victory, but was unable to repeat the trick when featuring for 28 minutes against the Magpies last Sunday.
Redknapp feels that Eriksen is too good a footballer to be left out from the start, and believes the 27-year-old has the professionalism to play for Spurs amid rumours of a move away.
He told TalkSPORT: “I know he wants to go, but while he’s there I’d still be looking to play him to win games.
“If there is a problem with him, why bring him on just because you’re in trouble?
“I had the same problem with Luka Modric when Chelsea came in for him, but he still played. Even though Chelsea were offering to double his money, he got on with it. He stayed, played and was fantastic.
“Eriksen looks the same type to me. He’s not a troublemaker, he’s a fantastic footballer and seems like a great lad.”
The future of Eriksen is still up in the air with transfer windows across the continent not closing until 2nd September, and it is hardly surprising that it is a topic of conversation given Spurs’ decision to omit a player, who contributed to 27 goals last season, from the starting lineup.
Uncertainty over his place in the Spurs team is even more baffling given Mauricio Pochettino insisted last week that the Dane is ‘not affected’ by speculation surrounding his future – which begs the question why he continues to be in and out of the Argentinian’s matchday selections.
Either way, it seems as if Pochettino is not taking a leaf out of Redknapp’s book, and heads into next week’s North London derby with it being a potential farewell match for Eriksen, ahead of the looming European deadline – and a possible end to speculation.
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