Ian Wright has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have failed to replace Christian Eriksen since he departed the club in January of last year.
Eriksen was a key part of Spurs’ rise under Mauricio Pochettino, with the midfielder arguably being one of the best playmakers in the Premier League at his peak. He only cost Daniel Levy £11.5m back in 2013 from Ajax.
While Tottenham did not manage to win silverware during the Dane’s six and a half years at the club, he was instrumental in helping the club to mount a couple of title challenges and eventually falling one step short of being crowned European Champions in 2019.
Since Eriksen’s departure to Inter Milan last year, the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso have not quite been able to fill the creative void left by the former Ajax man.
Wright has now pointed out that the Lilywhites are missing a technically astute midfielder in the middle of the park who can create chances out of nothing.
The former Arsenal striker said on the Kelly and Wright Show (17/10/21): “When you look at Spurs down the years, way back. You got back to Glenn Hoddle and Micky Hazard. And Gazza.
“The players that they have had, that creative, skilful, just fantastic midfield players. Something that they have always had.
“I just think £11.5 million he cost, I thought Christian Eriksen was brilliant to watch. He could see a pass and make a pass. He could score goals. Creativity.
“So, absolutely they haven’t replaced that player.”
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Since Eriksen’s departure, we have certainly lacked a midfielder with vision who can pick out our forward’s runs. This has clearly impacted the likes of Dele, who was a huge beneficiary of Eriksen’s service during his first three years at the club.
That is probably why Jose decided to use Kane in a deeper role last season as the 28-year-old is arguably the only player in our squad who has the vision and passing range to rival the Dane’s.
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