Ex-footballer claims Spurs star is not worth a new contract

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have had a tough time of it of late with regards to their chief playmaker, Christian Eriksen.

The Great Dane revealed his desire to leave the club back in the summer transfer window after Spurs lost the Champions League final to Liverpool in June.

Eriksen stated that he was looking for a step up and a new challenge away from Spurs, but would consider a new contract if no big teams came in for him.

With no concrete offers reported in the press, the new contract offer came from Spurs, but was quickly turned down by Eriksen (Sun). Spurs apparently offered him a new £230,000 per week deal (Sun).

With his current deal set to run out in the summer of 2020, Eriksen will be able to talk to non-English clubs in January over a possible free pre-contract agreement.

Ex-footballer, Tony Cascarino, has now claimed that Eriksen’s recent form has not warranted a bumper new contract from Spurs anyway.

He said (TalkSPORT): “A year or maybe 18 months ago, you would have paid Eriksen the sort of funds that would bring him up to the highest levels at Spurs and perhaps in the country. But I wouldn’t now. His performances last season were indifferent.

“This year, apart from coming on against Villa in the opening game of the season, he’s been poor and Tottenham have struggled.

“So I don’t see the big demand [to keep him] or the reasoning that ‘we give him what he wants’, no.

“I think Tottenham have got major challenges they didn’t have a year ago.

“I totally agree that Pochettino deserves the right to change things.

“That’s his biggest challenge, he’s going to have to tear up his team sheet and the club have got to give him the backing to do that.

“But it’s going to be very tricky, they can’t do it too quickly. What you’ve got to do is a graduate change, the sledgehammer approach won’t work.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I have to say that I tend to agree now. While getting Eriksen on a new deal would be great, I would still want to sell him at this point. Losing him on a free seems like a shame, but he has left Spurs with little other option. Drop him to the bench for the season and bring Lo Celso through.

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