Reliable journalist Alasdair Gold has now shared the latest news on Christian Eriksen amid talks of a potential return to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Lowdown: Eriksen’s return to England
The Denmark international made his return to England with Brentford at the beginning of the year, signing a short-term contract until the end of the 2021/22 season.
After making ten starts and playing the full 90 minutes in each of those (via Transfermarkt), the 30-year-old established himself as Brentford’s best player, topping the squad’s overall match average with a stunning 7.54 rating (via SofaScore).
With his contract soon coming to an end, Eriksen can now weigh up a multitude of offers ahead of next season, one of which has reportedly come from Spurs.
The Latest: Gold’s news on Eriksen
During a football.london Q&A, Gold has now shared what he’s hearing on the Eriksen front, revealing he’s been ‘told’ of the player’s preference to stay in London.
The journalist claimed: “The decision is now down to the Dane. He’s got multiple offers to mull over and he’s already said that he’s not going to rush his decision as it has to be the right one for him and his family. I was told towards the end of the season that he was keen to remain in London and that would certainly appear to favour Spurs and perhaps Brentford. He still has a big affection for Tottenham even if I understand he didn’t leave the club on the best of terms with the hierarchy two and a half years ago.
“Then there’s the Conte factor with the Italian knowing him well and starting him on a regular basis in the second half of Inter’s title-winning season. If Eriksen trusts that he can handle Conte’s physical demands then it’s a move – and a free one – that makes sense for Spurs as it allows the head coach to switch to a 3-5-2 whenever he wants. This is not the Eriksen that left the club either. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.
“There is also the Manchester United interest of course and it will be interesting to see whether the chance to play back on the biggest stage with Spurs in the Champions League lures him back or whether he wants another new challenge.”
The Verdict: Next up after Bissouma?
With Tottenham having qualified for the Champions League, Antonio Conte will be looking to bolster his squad’s depth as they prepare for four competitions next season. To that effect, Yves Bissouma looks set to join, having completed his medical over the past 36 hours ahead of a reported £30m move.
While the combative Bissouma will buff up the ranks in front of defence, Eriksen could provide the Italian with a more creative high-quality midfield option, with plenty of experience in the Premier League and in Europe.
In 304 previous appearances for Spurs alone, the Dane made a staggering 159 goal contributions, a sure sign of his ability to make an impact in the final third. With those statistics in mind, it’s certainly no surprise journalists like Graeme Bailey have labelled him a ‘superstar‘.
Also, having formed a relationship whilst the pair were both at Inter Milan, Conte will likely know how to utilise Eriksen to the best of his ability.
After the 30-year-old demonstrated last season that he still has the quality to perform in the English top flight, this would be an excellent piece of business for the Lilywhites if they can pull off a sensation return to N17 for the playmaker.
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