Ex-Spurs full-back Alan Hutton has claimed that manager Mauricio Pochettino may have to axe playmaker Christian Eriksen soon over his poor form so far this season.
The Scotsman stated that although Eriksen can add a lot to the team, if he continues to play as he has, Pochettino must drop him from his starting line-ups.
Eriksen was left on the bench against Bayern Munich in the humiliating 7-2 defeat in mid-week in the Champions League, but came on in the second half.
The Great Dane then started the match against Brighton, but was ineffective throughout as the Lilywhites slumped to yet another 3-0 defeat.
With there being well under a year remaining on his contract, Eriksen can talk to non-English teams in January about a move on a free in the summer.
This, along with his poor form, has called into question whether he should be starting games at all.
Hutton told Football Insider: “For me personally, I just want to keep playing him as I know what he can bring to the team but there also comes a stage where you have to say you cannot keep playing him if he is not hitting form at all.
“I mean maybe that stage is coming, it looks like he is playing with a weight on his shoulder, he just doesn’t look the same, his head has obviously been turned in the summer and he’s just struggling to put that to one side and continue playing.
“So I think there is going to come a time where Pochettino is going to say enough is enough and it could be coming.”
Eriksen has played 11 games in all competitions for Spurs this season, notching just one goal and one assist in the process (Transfer Markt).
Spurs Web Opinion
Eriksen should have left Tottenham in the summer. It was clear he wanted a new challenge, and it’s clear from watching him so far this season that he no longer has the heart and desire to play for the club. If you have a player playing who doesn’t want to be at the club, there are going to be problems, and that’s exactly what has happened. The Dane’s form has been terrible for a prolonged period now, and although he’s an unbelievable player on his day, I don’t think we’ll ever see that Eriksen again in a Spurs shirt, therefore maybe now is the right time to drop him, before offloading him in January.
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