TalkSPORT pundit and former footballer Ray Parlour has urged Tottenham Hotspur to ignore Christian Eriksen’s services if he refuses to leave in January – which he says could be down to the midfielder’s desire to earn a big-money departure in the summer.
Eriksen outlined his ambition to seek a new challenge away from Spurs in July, but with no move forthcoming in the off-season, the Dane has been left at the club with his performances coming into question.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, former Arsenal midfielder Parlour argued that although Spurs may want to sell in January to avoid losing Eriksen for free, the player himself is more likely to hold out for such a transfer – before suggesting the club should seek alternatives on matchday if Eriksen’s heart is no longer at Tottenham.
Parlour said: “I think the player will have something to say about [leaving in January], because he might say, ‘I’m not going anywhere’.
“From January 1 you can do your contract and pre-sign with whoever you are going to, and his wages will be so much more if he goes on a free transfer.
“You might get £20m for him in January, but that £20m will go in his pocket if he stays another six months.
“If there are players who want to play for Tottenham more than Eriksen, then yes [I would ignore him].
“Sometimes you’ve got to be cruel.”
There’s plenty of logic to Parlour’s theory, and Eriksen’s prolonged wait to exit Spurs could easily be justification for a lacklustre season by his personal standards.
While Tottenham have been under-par as a whole this season, with just five wins in 17 competitive games so far, the 27-year-old is already looking unlikely to reach last year’s goal contribution tally of 27 – having hit double figures in goals and assists during the 2018/19 campaign.
That said, he arguably did not hit top form until this time last year, having recorded just two Premier League assists going into November 2018’s international break – with just one to his name in the league this year at present.
But although he may have plenty of time to turn his season around, his inconsistent playing time (after being benched again in their most recent outing) will only prompt further questions surrounding his future – though we may have to wait until January for a solid development to unfold.
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