This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
We are still some time away from the winter transfer window but that doesn’t mean that the big clubs are hibernating and doing nothing.
In fact, if the latest reports coming out of Marca are to be believed, Real Madrid have identified their potential purchases come January already, and two names seem to be the priority at the moment: Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek.
And this is also not really anything particularly new.
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After all, Los Blancos have been linked with Eriksen before and despite the great Danish midfielder not signing a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur just yet, Zinedine Zidane didn’t pull the trigger during the summer.
But now, as the same source states, the deal should benefit both parties equally – Spurs can cash in on their player since they probably don’t want to lose him for free once his contract expires and Real Madrid can get their Galactico and a much-needed reinforcement in the middle of the park.
Still, for all his skill and pedigree, Eriksen has been struggling a bit as of late.
This season, the 27-year-old midfielder has only scored and assisted once in a total of ten games played across all competitions.
Things have also not been so rosy in the Premier League specifically. Spurs are struggling and currently sit sixth in the table with just 11 points from seven games played.
And while the individuals can hardly be blamed for the poor display of the team as a whole, Eriksen’s numbers have underwhelmed and when a highly influential player like himself is not at his best, the whole squad can suffer.
Still, Real Madrid fans should definitely keep tabs on the great Dane this weekend as Spurs face Brighton in the Premier League.
With the reports about the Galacticos eyeing that transfer coming out, it would be good for them to get to know the player that just might be joining them soon.
And this is a good opportunity for Eriksen to show what he’s all about. Brighton play an expansive game under Graham Potter, averaging 53.8% possession this season but have only six points and ten conceded goals to show for it.
Eriksen, then, should get the space to cause some real problems this Saturday and demonstrate exactly what he can offer this Real Madrid team.