Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur need to drop Christian Eriksen completely from the first team.
Cascarino believes that Spurs are risking repeating the mistakes which Arsenal and West Ham made by continuing to select Alexis Sanchez and Marko Arnautovic, who both had signalled their intention to leave their respective club.
Eriksen is out of contract in North London at the end of the current season and would be able to leave as a free agent.
The Dane revealed just days after the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool that he wanted to depart the club to seek a new challenge whilst also inviting interest from Real Madrid (Ekstra Bladet).
The 27-year-old was named on the bench for the 2-1 defeat at Leicester yesterday which was the third Premier League match in which he has not started.
Cascarino stated that Eriksen’s impact in matches this season has been limited, apart from how he influenced the top flight opener against Aston Villa in favour of Spurs.
Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast on talkSPORT, Cascarino said: “If we look at Tottenham’s form, especially away from home, and the manner in which they have lost some of the games, you know, [like] the manner in which they lost to Newcastle United at home, he’s got a problem Poch [Mauricio Pochettino].
“Obviously Christian Eriksen came on as a substitute yesterday but I’m never a fan of managers choosing players who are in the final year of their contract or have had their heads turned to go for a move.
“I’ll give you two examples. One was Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal. His final year at Arsenal was so below par compared to his previous season.
“Eriksen started the season and, apart from coming on against Aston Villa, he’s had no impact at all.
“Now he’s come on as a substitute so he’s sort of part of the squad but he’s not going to play to the levels Eriksen did before.
“Another one was Marko Arnautovic at West Ham. When he had his head turned by China last January he was a non-event between January and the end of the season.”
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