Opinion: Christian Eriksen deserves the respect of Spurs fans everywhere

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Is Christian Eriksen going to be at Tottenham next season? Every single fibre of my being says no, he will not.

Can I blame him? The man has seen his contract out, given Tottenham some of his best years, not created a fuss, and wants to pursue something different. He has every right to do that.

What many Spurs fans had a problem with was that it seemed as if Eriksen wasn’t putting too much effort in at the start of the season, perhaps knowing that he wouldn’t be around much longer.

However, I would not stick my neck out and say that he was just in some bad form. The reason I say this is that he has performed admirably over the past month or so.

He is resigned to a bit-part role, I assume because Mourinho knows he wants to leave at the end of the season. However, every time he comes on, he seems to make a big difference.

Today, Eriksen actually started the game, and he was Tottenham’s man of the match by a long way. He covered ground, he did his defensive work, he pulled the strings from deep, he stepped up and put a free-kick into the top corner to get his side back into it. The man was everywhere!

Whatever happens in the next six months, he still clearly cares about the club and is doing his best to leave on a high. He has my respect for that.

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  1. For me Eriksen was never the root of the problem, but the uninspiring way he’s been handled. Yesterday he showed exactly what an excellent playmaker he has been and clearly still is for us, unfortunately however it is also clear he is intent on leaving no matter what so it really is time to accept that with dignity and respect. If you are looking for someone to blame for Eriksen’s disillusionment I personally believe that Dan Levy is the man to answer for that and indeed for Tottenhams clear and stuttering decline. I think Eriksen feels he has taken his game and indeed the team as far as it capable sadly and the time for him is right to move onwards. For me Levy has been far to slow to recognise the Norwegian maestro’s worth underpaying and undervaluing him in todays market and despite the recent and belated offers of a more lucrative contract the player has long since made his mind up to go. The reality is that Levy has messed this up big time and for me unless serious notions of strengthening and rebuilding are acknowledged and undertaken Tottenham will continue to struggle to compete as a genuine force in the top four and may well lose champions league football as a direct consequence. Whilst we will of course never know if Poch’ himself was capable of turning things around, it is evident that Mourinho’s hands are shackled by the same weakness’s and frailties inherent under the previous manager, and whilst Jose has clearly had a degree of success, given the inconsistency that plagues our current performances it is questionable if he can draw much more from the current set up! I’d like to say different I truly would but it seems obvious to me that Tottenham lack that ruthless desire to go out and destroy other teams from the off and that is not the sign of a top flight contender. Indeed worryingly Spurs of late only seem to get going when they’ve conceded and are effectively up against it and that is never going to be the hard recipe for success!


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