Christian Eriksen is expected to join up with his Tottenham team-mates in the coming days as the Champions League runners-up commence pre-season training.
Eriksen told Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet in early June that he “would like to try something new”, but with Spurs not receiving any bids for the midfielder, he looks set to refocus on getting fit for the new Premier League season.
He had been linked with Real Madrid in recent weeks by The Sun, but according to AS, the La Liga side have identified Paul Pogba as their main target, so Eriksen’s future could depend on whether Zinedine Zidane manages to lure Pogba to the Bernabeu.
Although the absence of offers for Eriksen suggests that he is not heavily in demand, and there had been criticism of his displays from some Spurs fans last season, he still made some key contributions for Tottenham in 2018/19.
He ended the campaign with 10 goals and 17 assists from 47 games in all competitions, equalling his total of 27 goal involvements from the previous season, when he had 14 goals and 13 assists.
Eriksen was Spurs’ fourth highest scorer last season, bested by Harry Kane (24), Son Heung-min (20) and Lucas Moura (15). However, nobody in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad had more assists – indeed, the next closest to the Denmark midfielder was Son, who had seven fewer assists.
Eriksen also recorded impressive passing statistics during 2018/19, averaging 53.5 passes and 2.1 key passes per game in the Premier League, even if his passing success rate of 81% leaves something to be desired.
Eriksen was more prolific than the latter two last season, his 10 goals comfortably beating Zaniolo’s six and Ceballos’ three. In terms of assists, none of that trio come close to Eriksen, whose tally of 17 is greater than the other three players combined (Lo Celso six, Zaniolo and Ceballos two each).
Eriksen averaged more passes per game than all three (Lo Celso 44.5, Ceballos 44.1, Zaniolo just 20.1), although those three all had better passing success rates than the Denmark international (Ceballos 92.6%, Lo Celso 82.9%, Zaniolo 81.3%).
It should come as a relief to Pochettino that Eriksen is set to resume training, as his statistics from 2018/19 suggest he still has plenty to offer for Tottenham. Also, unlike Neymar and Laurent Koscielny, at least he is set to report for duty, so he might be open to persuasion on staying at Spurs for another season.
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