Tottenham supporters have been pretty buoyant in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side take another step closer to Champions League qualification courtesy of a 2-0 win over Watford in the Premier League on Monday night.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Hornets having seen fifth place Chelsea beat Swansea City 1-0 on Saturday to move to within two points of the North Londoners in the table, and thus piling the pressure on Spurs to respond against Javi Gracia’s side. And they did just that as goals either side of half time from Dele Alli and Harry Kane sealed a routine success for Pochettino’s team, thus moving them five points clear of last year’s champions with just three games of the campaign remaining.
Subsequently, there have been many satisfied Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their side can get the job done in the coming weeks, and thus secure a third successive season of Champions League football.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Spurs supporters to discuss, not least recent reports linking attacker Christian Eriksen with a move to big-spending Paris Saint-Germain.
Yet losing the £63 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) would be seriously bad news for Pochettino and his side, and in fact would surely see them slip out of the division’s top four next season.
Ultimately, the vast majority of Tottenham’s best football comes through the Denmark international, whose vision and eye for a pass in the final third of the pitch is better than any other member of Pochettino’s squad.
The 26-year-old has scored an impressive 14 goals and laid on 13 assists for the North London outfit this term, thus embarking on his best goal-scoring season since making the move to Spurs back in 2013.
And with his 11 assists in the league the joint-highest alongside Alli, Eriksen is again well on his way to finishing the season as Spurs’ top creator once again, having done so in each of his last two campaigns at the North London club.
Clearly, the 26-year-old is the one that makes Tottenham tick – without Eriksen, it’s arguable that Kane and Alli wouldn’t score as many goals as they do, and ultimately Spurs wouldn’t be as good going forward as they are; he’s that influential in what they do.
Take the chief creator out of the side, the one that can make something out of very little and produce a moment of brilliance out of nothing, and it’s difficult to see Tottenham being as effective and efficient going forward as they are when Eriksen is in the team.
And given they may only finish a handful of points clear of Chelsea in the race for the top four this term, and with the Blues only likely to get stronger over the summer, their place in the Champions League qualification places would be in serious jeopardy.
In fact, selling Eriksen this summer would almost certainly see Pochettino’s men slip out of the top four next time round.
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