It’s a pretty concerning time to be a Tottenham fan, at present. They’re doing pretty well in the Premier League, but they’re yet to move into their new stadium, and with every passing week, the date at which they will finally move doesn’t get any more certain.
Further concerns have emerged this week concerning Christian Eriksen, too. According to the Evening Standard, the midfielder is stalling on the prospect of a new contract at Spurs, and that’s left the club feeling rather concerned. Indeed, significantly, La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are both said to be huge fans of the player, and if a new deal isn’t reached, Tottenham may have to genuinely contend with selling him in the summer.
Whichever way you spin it, this is bad news for Spurs, and it would truly be a crushing blow for Mauricio Pochettino were he to lose Eriksen.
After all, the talented midfielder is, without a doubt, one of the best players at the club. He’s a fantastic dribbler and passer, he’s tremendously efficient with the ball at his feet from set-pieces, and he is very useful to the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli within the Spurs attack.
The role that he plays, in particular, is very important for Spurs. He’s the heartbeat of the team, and he’s regularly at the centre of everything that the club do going forward. Of all the players in this side, Eriksen is probably alongside someone like Harry Kane when it comes to sheer importance, and so the last thing the club needs is to lose him.
Tottenham have already had similar issues with players like Toby Alderweireld, and so this does display a worrying trend for the club. Two players that are undeniably amongst the best at the club are refusing to commit to Spurs long-term, so that doesn’t bode very well for the future. It was Alderweireld last season, Eriksen this year – who might be next?
Even if Tottenham manage to keep Christian Eriksen this month, which is likely, the concern will still reign supreme in north London. Eriksen is such an important player, and so the mere suggestion that his future is uncertain should worry the club, and as long as his continues to stall on the prospect of a new contract, teams will continue to keep their eyes on the prize. And what a prize it would be.
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