Eriksen U Turn Forces Rethink
As mere fans, none of us can really be certain as to what goes on with transfer dealing and how much truth there is behind the gossip. However, we can surmise and conject and, in the case of Christian Eriksen, it may be fair to draw one obvious conclusion.
The player looked to have set his heart on a move to Real Madrid but if manager Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want him, a new contract at White Hart Lane may be the only option.
With Real having completed the signature of Eden Hazard at the end of last week, it was hard to see where Eriksen might have fitted into their plans. Moreover, while Hazard is the elder of the two players by just one year, the comparative transfer fees just didn’t add up.
As things stand, Zidane may have been watching a montage of Eriksen’s corners on repeat because Wednesday’s reports now claim that the player is looking for a new deal at the new White Hart Lane.
We think we’re a little harsh with some of these comments and still find it hard to fathom some of the over-the-top criticism aimed at Eriksen on social media. He has clear faults at times but also scores vital goals and frequently appears towards the top of the assist charts.
At the age of 27 and after six years at the club, few would blame the Dane for wanting a change of scenery but, if he had held out solely for Real Madrid, that would seem to be his downfall.
Deals on Hold?
The news also brings into question some of the suggested midfield purchases. Will Spurs pursue the likes of Julian Draxler and Bruno Ferdandes or will Mauricio Pochettino be happy enough with the Danish Devil that he knows.?
In clearer and brighter news, it’s being reported that centre half Toby Alderweireld is happy to return to North London and see out the final year of his contract. That does still leave the club with the option of selling and trying to claw back a fee or, to let the Belgian run down that contract and leave on a free at the end of next season.
Spurs fans are united behind Toby and few, if any, would want to see him go. He forms a dream pairing in the heart of defence with international teammate Jan Vertonghen and although Mauricio Pochettino rotates with Davinson Sanchez at times, the departure of Alderweireld would be a huge loss.
So that’s what we know so far: There was plenty of speculation surrounding these players but it appears that both Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld are more likely to stay at Tottenham next season rather than seek a move to pastures new.
It’s fair to say that the reaction to the news has been contrasting but if both are to remain rather than exit, will they be first choices and can they still contribute to a positive season both domestically and in Europe?