Crucial week for Spurs and Christian Eriksen
Changes to transfer window timing have allowed English clubs to confirm their squads ahead of the new season but the rest of Europe has yet to follow suit. We still have a few more days left before clubs in Spain, Italy and elsewhere can snap up extra talent and that has led to a level of uncertainty for some EPL players.
The situation with Christian Eriksen is unlikely to have helped Tottenham Hotspur and their shaky start to the season but at least things should become clearer by the time the club tackle Arsenal in the North London Derby this Sunday.
Will he stay or will he go?
You would be forgiven for thinking that Mauricio Pochettino would be well qualified to answer this question but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The manager simply doesn’t know whether Christian Eriksen will kick a football for Tottenham again.
We are waiting to see what happens,
said Pochettino after the Newcastle defeat.
It’s not an easy situation. We know this can unsettle the group but we know in ten days it will finish and things will be clear.
Eriksen gets plenty of criticism on social media but the lack of creativity in midfield has clearly been felt at the start of this season. It’s also been swiftly forgotten in some quarters than the Dane turned the game when he came on at half time against Aston Villa on the opening day.
When asked about Eriksen’s influence on the side, Pochettino was typically non-committal.
When you lose, the players who don’t play are the best,
With Christian we win and we lose a lot of games. I accept that the situation is like this. If we won 3-0 today no-one talks about different names.
It’s a fair point and we can all pick starting XIs in hindsight but that lack of creativity in the final third does seem to be affecting the side at the moment. With that in mind, surely the manager would be picking Eriksen to start unless he felt his head was elsewhere…
Set to Return
There is more positive news coming out of Spurs with reports that Dele Alli is returning to full fitness and is expected to play some part in the North London Derby. 2018/19 wasn’t his best season but a fit and firing Dele can compensate for the issues surrounding Christian Eriksen.
Will that be a permanent situation? Despite all the suggestions that our Danish midfielder will leave the club by the end of the European transfer window, there seems to be a lack of options available. Reports state that Real Madrid simply aren’t interested and with virtually no other links being mentioned at the moment, Eriksen’s options seem thin on the ground.
The European transfer window won’t quite be closed by the time Spurs take to the field at the Emirates on Sunday so, we should probably expect Christian to remain on the bench for the Arsenal game. Beyond that, who knows but hopefully the rest of Europe will shortly follow England’s lead and slam the door shut on that window before the campaign gets underway.