Christian Eriksen has undoubtedly been Tottenham’s primary creative source since arriving from Ajax in 2013. Chipping in with more than his fair share of both goals and assists, the Dane has largely been an irreplaceable figure in the Tottenham midfield. Recent lackadaisical performances have had fans questioning his desire, however, amidst the abundance of rumours pointing to his departure.
According to reports from The Mirror last month, Real Madrid, once again spearheaded by the decorated Zinedine Zidane, are interested in recruiting the services of the Dane as part of a vast ‘summer spending spree’.
Tottenham have been set the challenge in recent years of holding on to their key players, with a lack of transfer funds arguably limiting their progress. Losing a player of Eriksen’s quality could indeed be a significant dent in their progression, but Tottenham may want to look at Liverpool’s recent revolution and draw a similar parallel.
Philippe Coutinho was the focal point of the Liverpool attack at the time of his departure. Known for his exquisite dribbling, defence splitting passes and a regular 30-yard screamer, many felt Barcelona were capturing the beating heart of Anfield, which could leave them significantly weaker in midfield.
Quite the opposite has occurred, however. Coutinho now regularly finds himself warming the bench at Barcelona, jeered by the fans. Liverpool, on the other hand, are one of the strongest forces in Europe.
Liverpool reinvested the reported £142m gained from the midfielder’s transfer with the signings of both Virgil Van Dijk and Allison Becker. They have hugely strengthened Liverpool’s defence, which has actually allowed for a greater attacking threat.
Essentially, Liverpool sold a key player and strengthened the squad as a whole. This is something Tottenham could emulate. Since Mousa Dembele’s sale, the North London side have been short in midfield, with Moussa Sissoko becoming a surprise fan favourite. Both Eric Dier and Harry Winks continually struggle with injury and Victor Wanyama has become largely ineffective. Clearly, they are in need of reinforcement.
Toby Alderweireld also looks likely to leave with a £25m release clause prevalent in his contract. Furthermore, neither Kieran Trippier or Serge Aurier have lived up to their reputations this season. Tottenham are also still lacking back up for Harry Kane.
However, without a signing in two consecutive windows, it’s difficult to see how Tottenham could fill all of these gaps without selling. Yes, the likes of Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier can be offloaded, but can that generate enough money? It doesn’t seem likely.
Would Tottenham really be worse off if these transfers were to happen? Arguably not. Perhaps the main concern is that Tottenham will, as history suggests, reinvest poorly – or not nearly enough.
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