Tim Sherwood has named Christian Eriksen in his team of the season so far, with the pundit insisting that Harry Kane learned from the Dane’s example when they shared a dressing room at Spurs.
Eriksen spent six and a half years at Spurs before leaving in January 2020 to join Inter Milan and he was heavily linked with a return to the North London club this summer after his contract with Brentford ran out.
ESPN even suggested back in June that the Lilywhites were the favourites to snap up the attacking midfielder but it was Manchester United who ended up winning the race for him.
David Ornstein explained on The Athletic’s YouTube channel (starting at 7:20) back in July that the contract length and salary Eriksen demanded did not match what Spurs had in mind, which is why Antonio Conte’s men pulled the plug on the deal.
Tottenham might regret having not pushed ahead with a move for the Denmark international, who has been excellent for Erik Ten Hag’s men in the first part of the campaign.
Sherwood has now named Eriksen in his team of the season so far and lavished praise on the former Spurs man’s character.
The former Tottenham interim head coach told talkSPORT: “Christian Eriksen, I am putting in there. Everyone was questioning his big move. He went to Inter and hardly played. We know he had health problems.
“Then he goes to Man United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and he just stands up. I knew he would because I know the character of the boy. He’s just a great example of how you need to conduct yourself.
“If you want to learn off anyone. Garnacho, that young boy who is going to be a sensation, he needs to go and sit next to Christian Eriksen and learn how to be a professional footballer.
“You will never get a better example. Harry (Kane) learnt off Christian. I am sure that boy will pick the right person in the dressing room to learn off.”
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I was desperate for Spurs to re-sign Eriksen but the move to Manchester United has worked out well for him. I do not think the Dane would have played as regularly at Tottenham as he has at Old Trafford since he does not fit naturally into Conte’s preferred 3-4-3 system.
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