Christian Eriksen is closing in on a move to Inter Milan.
The Italian club want to sign the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder this month, per FFC sources, as they attempt to bring him in ahead of a summer rush for his services.
His contract expires at the end of the season and the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid or Barcelona could well attempt to acquire the Denmark international’s signature given that there will be no transfer fee involved.
Against Liverpool at the weekend, he was substituted in the second half and was roundly booed by supporters as he left the pitch.
But, really, how bad has he been this season?
Per WhoScored, he has made 18 appearances in the Premier League under both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.
In those games, he has scored twice and registered two assists, averaging 1.3 shots per game, 1.3 key passes, while he is dispossessed 0.8 times and has 1.2 unsuccessful touches.
Defensively, he averages 0.9 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 0.5 fouls, and 0.7 clearances, while he is dribbled on 0.9 occasions.
In terms of his passing, he averages 34.9 per game with a success rate of 80.1%.
These are not awful statistics but, really, they are not particularly superb either.
In 2018/19, he made 35 appearances, scoring eight goals and registering 12 assists. He averaged 2.4 shots per game, 2.1 key passes, was dispossessed 0.8 times and had 1.7 unsuccessful touches. He also averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.4 interceptions, 0.5 fouls and 0.2 clearances, while being dribbled 1.2 times. He also passed the ball more, with 53.5 passes and a success rate of 81%.
In terms of his impact in the final third, he has dramatically tailed off.
It is clear that Eriksen’s focus is not on Spurs at this moment in time.
Of course, he attempted to leave in the summer, making it clear that he wanted a “new challenge” and was hoping, per sources, to move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
That hasn’t happened and his statistics show that he is not quite the elite level of player that he was last season.
The big fat Tottenham quiz of 2019 – how much do you remember about the last year at Spurs?
Still, he looks set to seal a move to Italy, joining a European giant in Inter, where he will link up with the former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and ex-Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Spurs, though, are unlikely to truly miss him. He has been an albatross around their neck for too long; his average rating last season was 7.08, this season it is 6.53.
Cutting him loose is for the good of everyone.
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