There’s been a lot of talk about Christian Eriksen this season…

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Dom Le Roy

Back in September he overtook ‘Lord’ Nicklas Bendtner to become Denmark’s top scorer in the Premier League, before his hat-trick against Ireland two months later saw his country qualify for just their fifth ever World Cup.

He currently sits just four goals off his best return in a single season since joining Tottenham in 2013 and, with his 26th birthday just a couple of weeks away, appears to be entering the prime of his career.

Often regarded as a more silent partner in Tottenham’s front four, Tottenham’s Great Dane goes about his business both on and off the pitch in subtle but devastating fashion.

Even his recent ‘give me a new contract’ plea was executed with the same nonchalance he seems to display when he has the ball at his feet:

“It’s up to the club whether they want to renegotiate or not,” he said after scoring against Everton a couple of weeks ago.

“I know they’ve talked about it so it’s going the right way. Of course, I’m not uninterested.“

Spurs are certainly getting value for money from the £70,000 contract he signed in 2016 – until Sunday’s scrappy 1-1 draw against Southampton Eriksen had appeared in every Premier League game this season.

But therein lies the problem – Tottenham looked like a different side without him.

Creativity, especially against defensive sides, has always been hard to come by for Spurs and Eriksen has often been the one player able to pick the toughest of locks.

But against Southampton Pochettino’s men looked devoid of options, relying instead on Sissoko’s brute force approach or hoping for a piece of magic from a flu-ridden Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

As the perennial transfer window vultures circle around Spurs amid rumours of stalled contract talks with star players, it should be worth noting how Eriksen – one of the most sought after attacking midfielders in Europe – is pushing the club to tie him down to a new deal.

Sunday gave us a glimpse of what Tottenham could look like without the Great Dane. If the powers that be have any sense they’ll give him that contract he wants as soon as possible.

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  1. Can’t disagree with that. We need to keep him and look after him.
    BUT ..we can’t just depend on Eriksen’s creativity alone.
    There are occasions when he can’t play (injury, illness, being rested etc.) and there
    are occasions when he doesn’t perform well on the pitch, either.
    Fortunately that is only 1 in 5/6 games or so ..but it DOES highlight the need for
    seriously good back-up.
    We are crying out for a central midfield playmaker (in the bustling mould of Modric but with
    the vision of Hoddle, although Gawd knows where we’re going to get one) who
    can also occupy the final third creativity position of Eriksen when needed to.
    Despite all our defensive and central midfielders and their respective strengths ..none (Dembele, Dier,
    Winks – although I’m hopeful our Harry will get there – Sissoko, Wanyama etc.) have
    the attributes or vision to control games from midfield. Alli, Son and Lamela can’t cover
    for Eriksen either as they’re all different types of players. I always thought Alli might be
    another Gerrard, but although he’s got great skills and a football brain for movement and touch,
    he often looks hopeless when running at players, and holds on to the ball (like Dembele these
    days) far too long. He needs to operate in that strange mysterious no. 10 position behind Kane.
    With all our rivals being awash with creative players (like Eriksen) we need MORE than just our
    Great Dane to keep up with them.

    • I think you’re right, while they’re available there’s no problem but sometimes one key injury can kill our momentum. We lack any real depth, which seems to be where Levy and Poch are targetting this window.

      Hopefully Harry Winks turns into our Modric/Hoddle hybrid. Does Moddle or Hodric sound better?


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