We enter the final day of the season with the destinies of both Tottenham and Everton now all but fulfilled. It will take some collapse to see the North London club drop out of the top four, while the Toffees have missed out on their own chance of European football despite a late charge. It is still a game that both will certainly be looking to win, however. To do so, each will rely heavily on their creative maestros, of which both have played for Tottenham – Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But since the latter’s transfer away from North London, who has emerged as the better player? Let’s analyse it further below.
Let’s start with the former Tottenham man. Sigurdsson arrived at Tottenham after a successful loan spell with Swansea. Liverpool were also said to be interested but were not able to capture his services.
His time at Tottenham was short and perhaps unsatisfying. The talent was there for all to see but regular outings on the left wing saw the Iceland international wasted. In fact, the arrival of Christian Eriksen saw the midfielder pushed further towards the bench. He managed just 13 goals in 83 appearances, short of the standard he has achieved throughout the rest of his career.
On returning to Swansea, the midfielder once again resumed his role as the club’s talisman, proving that his Premier League success was no fluke. His performances led him to a £45m transfer to Everton in 2017, where he now belongs.
With so much promise, it’s a fair argument to suggest the midfielder started his career in Merseyside poorly. Just six goals and five assists in 33 appearances in all competitions was not the return Everton had hoped for.
Sigurdsson’s form has dramatically picked up this season, however. A solid return of 13 goals and five assists is almost on par with Team of the Season member Paul Pogba. Additionally, he has outscored both Heung-min Son and Roberto Firmino – pretty impressive. He is now valued at £27m (as per Transfermarkt), but Everton would be foolish to sell him for such a price.
The 29-year-old clearly has an abundance of talent. He possesses a phenomenal range of passing, vision and an eye for goal. Should his former teammate end up leaving Tottenham in the summer, could he emerge as a possible replacement?
TT Grade: B+
Now, onto the man of whom there are so many rumours circulating. It is said that he is wanted by Real Madrid, with reports that a verbal deal has already been agreed (as per AS). The Dane has truly taken the role as Tottenham’s creative force since his £11.5m signing in 2012.
After perhaps not showing his best form initially, the arrival of current manager Mauricio Pochettino has seen a steep rise in form. The Dane has now contributed double figures of assists in the last four consecutive league campaigns. Despite receiving widespread criticism for some lackadaisical performances this season, he has still pulled his weight, scoring seven and assisting 12.
The 27-year-old is valued at £76.5m (as per Transfermarkt), but Tottenham look likely to hold firm unless a larger offer comes in. The worry is that his contract expires at the end of next season, which could see the highly valuable midfielder leave for nothing.
Regardless of whether Eriksen does leave, he will be go down as a phenomenal talent in Tottenham’s history. 48 goals and 60 assists in 205 Premier League appearances are severely impressive stats. While the Dane has also proved himself at both international and European level. A transfer fee of just £11.5m, Eriksen must go down as an absolute bargain.
TT Grade: A
There we have it, Eriksen takes the win here. Although the market had significantly changed between the times of their transfers, £11.5m in comparison to £45m is still noticeable. The two will lock horns this weekend, but who will prevail is yet to be seen.
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