TalkSPORT pundit Adrian Durham has blasted Spurs supporters who gave Christian Eriksen a nasty reception following the midfielder’s substitution in their weekend defeat to Liverpool.
Giovani Lo Celso replaced the Denmark international in the second half, but Durham was displeased with how Tottenham fans responded as they let out their frustrations on the 27-year-old, who has faced an uncertain future at the club since suggesting he wanted to leave in the summer.
Venting his own anger at the Spurs faithful, Durham suggested on TalkSPORT that the fans owed Eriksen a little more respect given the service he has given to the team since signing back in 2013.
He said: “He’s been a big part of Spurs establishing themselves in the top four and getting to the Champions League final, and even though there’s been no tangible success you can speak of, they’ve had some really good times with Christian Eriksen in the side. So how dare they boo him off the field.
“Does he really deserve to be treated that badly? I find it just a little bit out of order. He’s stuck it out, he’s given his all and it’s come to the end of it and he’s thought: ‘I’ve had enough of this.’
“Spurs haven’t invested around him. They’ve had two windows where nobody was signed. So why aren’t the Spurs fans just holding back a little bit, giving him the respect he deserves and understanding the situation just a little bit more?”
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Eriksen has had a rather peculiar season – going from a regular starter last year to more of a backup option in the current campaign having started just 14 games this term, including last night’s FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.
The midfielder made his feelings clear in the summer, though after a move failed to happen, it is anyone’s guess where his head is, especially after seemingly losing his first-team place following the conclusion of last season’s Champions League final.
So Durham may be right in berating fans for their reaction given that Eriksen would have been powerless to force a move away since the transfer window shut, while the team’s poor form (during which he has only played an inconsistent role) can hardly leave the blame at his door.
Therefore, the reaction to his substitution appears to be quite unfair on him, and following reports linking Eriksen with a January exit, it appears fans have barely improved relations with their actions at the weekend.
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