According to the BBC, Denmark manager Age Hareide has said that Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen’s abdominal injury may be chronic.
If these reports are to be true, Daniel Levy should waste no time in searching for a replacement for Eriksen, and Leicester’s James Maddison should be the man.
While this injury will not spell the end of the Dane’s career at Tottenham, if it is as serious as his national coach is making out, it could limit his game time in future seasons. For a man that has only missed six Premier League games in his four previous seasons, this would be a massive loss to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Already Tottenham have felt his absence, as they lack the creative spark that he provides further up the field. His movement and spatial awareness makes it very easy for The Lilywhites to move the ball to more dangerous parts of the field. Without him, the club look turgid and incapable at times of moving defence into attack.
It is fundamental that someone joins the club to share Eriksen’s workload, and Maddison (valued at £19.8m on Transfermarkt.co.uk) fits the bill nicely for the club. The 21-year-old has a contract with The Foxes until 2023, meaning the club will be reluctant to let him go. However, they certainly would for the right price, be it in January or the summer.
Maddison offers a very similar threat to Eriksen. Whilst he may not be as elusive as the Dane, there is an argument that he can be more threatening with his dribbling ability. But both display an exquisite passing range and creativity, something Tottenham need.
This may be a massive move for Tottenham to make, and even for Leicester to accept. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and it Eriksen’s injury is as bad as reported, this transfer must happen.
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