‘He was brilliant’ – Darren Bent urges Tottenham to keep hold of midfield talent
Ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent has urged his former club to keep Christian Eriksen on their books, following the Dane’s positive impact off the bench as Tottenham squeezed past Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the new season.
Eriksen received praise from his teammates for his cameo in Spurs’ late comeback win, as the midfielder’s introduction preceded the start of the fightback, with Tanguy Ndombele’s equaliser arriving nine minutes after Eriksen’s emergence from the sidelines.
The 27-year-old has been subject to rumours linking him with a move away – though he remains a Tottenham player with a few weeks left for some European clubs to complete their transfer business.
By offering a reminder of his qualities at the weekend, Bent feels it is imperative that Spurs hold off potential interest from elsewhere and tie him down to a new deal to avoid losing him for nothing.
He told talkSPORT: “He was brilliant, he really changed the dimension of the game, added that creativity.
“I always thought that it was important that Spurs held onto him, but if they didn’t, and they could’ve got [Paulo] Dybala or [Philippe] Coutinho, it [would have been] like-for-like.
“The fact they’ve managed to hold onto him is brilliant news for Spurs, hopefully they’ve now got at least until January to try and convince him to sign a new contract, because what you don’t want to do is have your best players – like Christian Eriksen – walk away for free.”
Given his impact on Saturday – including going close to scoring from a free-kick – it may well be brilliant news for Spurs that he remains available to them for the time being.
But Bent may be slightly premature by claiming a small victory for Spurs, as it is still very much possible for Eriksen to leave the club this summer, with many European leagues able to sign players until 2nd September.
Therefore, for all his impact, Tottenham could still have a fight on their hands to keep him in the coming weeks.
But if scoring three goals within 30 minutes of his personal Premier League season is anything to go by, securing Eriksen’s services could be as a big a deal for Spurs as for any willing suitors.
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