The curious case of Christian Eriksen. One of the best playmakers in world football who issued a come and get me plea that no one answered (Ekstra Bladet).
The Great Dane claimed that he wanted a new challenge and a step up, but what happens if he is still a Spurs man come September 2 when the window shuts across Europe?
Many fans have accused Eriksen of being half-hearted in pre-season, but that is hardly something that can be thrown at him after yesterday.
Spurs looked flat and unlikely to score against Aston Villa after an hour at the new stadium, until Eriksen was introduced.
In just 26 minutes of play, Eriksen managed to flip the game on its head, taking control from a central position and pulling all the strings. It was no coincidence that Spurs scored three goals after that man came on.
So, is Eriksen playing for the shirt, or is he playing for a move?
There is no real way of knowing, but I personally just cannot see a late bid coming in for him after all this time. I believe he will be a Spurs man come September, so it’s just a matter of what happens after that.
He did say that if no big offers came in this summer, he would be open to a new contract. Spurs should test that (Ekstra Bladet). Write up a new five-year deal on £200,000 a week and put it in front of him.
Give him a decision, either commit, or accept that he will only play a bit-part role before leaving on a free.
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