Opinion: Why Christian Eriksen should be dropped against Aston Villa

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur are now under one week away from the start of the Premier League season and talk is beginning to turn to who will start in the Aston Villa match.

Pochettino will have an embarrassment of riches to look towards for the opening weekend, as not only the majority of his squad are fit, but so many have played well in pre-season.

However, if I were the Argentine, I would not be playing Christian Eriksen in the opening match.

It may be tempting to give him a start as a statement to other clubs, the fans, and even Eriksen himself that the player is valued and wanted at Tottenham, but I believe Poch needs to prioritise fitness and form.

Eriksen has not been handed a huge number of minutes in pre-season compared to some of his teammates, and one of his fellow playmakers has been in great form.

Erik Lamela has scored in the matches against Juventus and Bayer Munich, as well as putting in consistently class performances throughout the past month.

On form and fitness alone, as I think all decisions should be made, Lamela should be starting in that attacking mid spot ahead of Eriksen and Alli against Villa.

What do you think?

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  1. Agree, if Eriksen wants out then his heart won’t really be in playing for Tottenham. I think Erik Lamela is also the subject of slightly unfair critisism from some Spurs fans. Yes his fitness is an ongoing concern, but when fully fit he can really make the difference. I would be tempted to give Lamel at least one more season.

  2. Rubbish as normal from your hands on Eriksen. 1 year left, and unlikely to leave nxt 4 days, nor sign new contract. So should be left out for the next year at spurs full stuff. Because of course he will not risk any injury and b3 100% there for Spurs, untill his contract and future is sorted. Same goes for Alderweireld. You can count both out for next spurs season, unless contracts are signed. They are not idiots?


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