Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal footballer Charlie Nicholas has blasted the Spurs fans’ treatment of Christian Eriksen – before adding insult to injury by backing a resurgent Watford to claim all three points at Vicarage Road on Saturday afternoon.
Eriksen was booed by sections of the Spurs support when he was substituted against Liverpool last weekend as well as before their FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough in midweek, with Nicholas defending the player – who has been linked with a move to Inter – and accusing the supporters of ‘being pessimists’.
Making his weekly Premier League predictions for Sky Sports, Nicholas diverted away from the matter at hand and used the opportunity to berate the fans’ behaviour – before backing a slender 2-1 victory for the in-form Hornets.
He said: “I heard the Tottenham fans were having a pop at Christian Eriksen. Why are they booing him? Did they boo [Jan] Vertonghen, [Toby] Alderweireld or [Danny] Rose? No. Why focus on Christian Eriksen? He has been a fabulous player for them. They are back to being pessimists and searching for excuses.”
As far as his prediction is concerned, it pretty much follows the form book with Tottenham recording a single Premier League win in five attempts in the league, while Watford have escaped the relegation zone for the time being by notching a fourth league win in five last weekend at Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, given that Eriksen is by no means the only Tottenham player facing an uncertain future, the criticism he has received in recent weeks does seem a little unfair. With the likes of Jan Vertonghen also having his current deal expire at the end of the season, perhaps it is the higher sense of expectation on the Dane’s shoulders that has brought on these recent reactions from the stands.
Indeed, Eriksen looks far from replicating last season’s tallies of 10 goals and 17 assists – though Nicholas is perhaps fairly questioning why Spurs’ contrasting fortunes this season have made the midfielder the supporters’ prime target.
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