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Tottenham in a difficult position with Christian Eriksen

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 4 Sep 2019

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At the start of the summer, the position of Christian Eriksen at Tottenham was precarious. The Denmark international had just a year of his contract left to run in north London.

The midfielder then took the step of stating that he felt like he needed a new challenge. This caused concern amongst everybody associated with Spurs. One of the team’s key players looked set to leave the club.

Remains at Tottenham for now

The European summer transfer deadline has now passed. Despite reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United, Eriksen remains a Tottenham player at least until January anyway.

It is an awkward position for both the player and Tottenham to be in. The player obviously wanted to seek pastures new and everybody knows it. To be fair Eriksen has not underperformed when selected for Spurs. In fact, he opened the scoring in last weekend 2-2 draw with Arsenal in the north London derby.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has attempted to leave him out of his starting eleven. However, without the Dane, the team from north London are not the same team. He provides such creativity and intelligence. Pochettino’s thinking of leaving out Eriksen from the starting line-up obviously makes sense. The Argentine is preparing for life without the Dane.

Pochettino’s compatriot Giovani Lo Celso has joined supposedly as Eriksen’s replacement but has played just 44 minutes of Premier League football. He will obviously need time to settle into a new country and league. Spurs need to win games in the meantime, though.

Unlikely Eriksen will sign a new deal

Pochettino is probably doing the right thing by testing out his options without Eriksen. All the signs point to the Dane’s exit either January or more likely next summer when he will be a free agent.

Eriksen can sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club in January. There had been talk of him signing a new deal with the north London club. However, it seems unlikely he will extend his stay with Tottenham beyond this season.

As a neutral, it is easy to see it from Eriksen’s point of view. Can he achieve anything else with Spurs? A Champions League final is likely to be the pinnacle of his career if he stays with Tottenham.

It seems unlikely they can repeat the feat this season. Realistically Eriksen is also not going to win the Premier League title with his current club. He has gone as far as he can with Tottenham and wants a fresh challenge.

Tottenham in a fight for a Champions League spot

Tottenham have made an inconsistent start to their Premier League campaign, picking up five points from a possible 12 so far this season. They will improve and find more consistency later in the season.

However, they look nothing like title challengers. Pochettino’s team needs to concentrate on qualifying for the Champions League. Spurs are currently odds of 8/15 to make the top-four once again this season.

The bookmakers still believe they will still finish in the top-four and they probably will do. Anything after that is a bonus, simply because the top-two Liverpool and Manchester City are just superior to the rest of the teams in the league.

The above reason is probably why Christian Eriksen will leave Tottenham in the next year. Until then Spurs boss Pochettino will likely have to figure out what to do with Eriksen.

Considering his attitude has not seemed to suffer by a lack of a move, then maybe the Argentinian may have to bite the bullet and continue to play him. Eriksen may not be a key player for Spurs for much longer, but for now, he is one of their most influential performers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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