Michael Dawson questions why Spurs did not offer star deal two years ago

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, Christian Eriksen, has well under a year left on his current contract in North London, meaning that he can talk to non-English clubs in January about a pre-contract agreement.

The Great Dane could then leave on a free in the summer, unless Spurs can persuade him to sign a new deal or sell him for a profit in January.

Eriksen has been below his best so far this season and was dropped to the bench against Red Star Belgrade in the 5-0 Champions League win this week.

Tottenham have won just four games out of 13 so far in the 2019/20 campaign, with the manager coming under pressure for such a poor run of form.

However, Spurs legend Michael Dawson has now claimed that the club should one million percent stick with the Argentine manager.

Although, Daws does admit that Spurs may have made a mistake in not giving Eriksen a bumper new deal two years ago.

Dawson said (SportingLife): “Dele says one thousand percent but it’s one million percent you have to stick with him. One million percent.

“I see Manchester City, when a player is doing well such as Aymeric Laporte and he signs a six-year deal. Kevin De Bruyne as another, they’re earning a lot of money, you give them even more to keep them out of the clutches of people.

“Christian Eriksen, for the last two seasons, has been one of the best players in the Premier League. In the top-ten players for me because he’s a creator.

“He didn’t hit the form he set at the end of last season and he hasn’t this season with the things going on like with the contract – only he knows that.

“If he gets offered all this money, and that’s what Spurs will struggle with, teams will want their players and people can pay more.

“So two years ago, why didn’t they offer Eriksen a mega-deal when they offered them to Harry Kane and Dele Alli?

“Give him what he wants because he was a big player and now he’s not playing to the heights that he has set.

“It looks like he’ll be leaving in the summer – as will Alderweireld. He has the £25m buyout clause and I thought it was incredible that nobody paid that.

“Yes he’s 30 but in the going market, money for players has just gone through the roof.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I agree on both counts here with Dawson. Ditching Pochettino now would be brainless after the journey Spurs have come on with him. A new contract for Eriksen two years ago also would have given the club some room for negotiation in terms of a sale. They must now attempt to shift him in the new year for whatever they can get.

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