The Verdict: Can Tottenham afford to lose Christian Eriksen?

Christian Eriksen reminded Tottenham Hotspur of his value on Tuesday evening.

The Denmark international, whose contract expires at the end of next season, scored a brilliant winner as Spurs beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 at home.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side subsequently maintained their grip on third place after a weekend of crazy results, with Arsenal and Manchester United both losing, to Crystal Palace and Everton respectively, and Chelsea being held to a draw by Burnley on Monday.

However, Eriksen continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

Real Madrid have long been touted as potential suitors, with a move this summer a possibility, particularly with Spurs running the risk of losing the playmaker on a free at the end of next season if they cannot agree to a new deal.

We’ve asked some of the writers at Football FanCast if the Lilywhites should cash in on the playmaker extraordinaire, here’s what they said…

Matt Dawson

“I’ve always thought of Christian Eriksen as being one of the first players to leave Spurs as soon as things went south. However, he underlined his importance to the club against Brighton with yet another superb goal. How many times is he going to pop up with strikes like that? Considering Dele Alli’s largely underwhelming performances this season then Eriksen has to be held onto. You’d have to question Spurs’ ambition if he left so easily this summer.”

Luke Glanville

“If they aren’t already there, Tottenham Hotspur, for me, are getting very close to a position where they are able to hold onto players like Christian Eriksen. Just look at their new stadium and Champions League progression this season – and Eriksen has to be the first example of that. He’s had plenty of opportunities to go before and stayed, that shows he wants to be in north London. Spurs must find a way of honing that and holding onto him. But it they can’t win a major trophy next season, I expect the lure of Real Madrid would prove too much to resist.”

James Beavis

“Eriksen turned on the class once again with that goal against Brighton, but, in my eyes, he hasn’t done it consistently enough this season. The Denmark international has often gone missing in the really big fixtures, and perhaps now a fresh start would suit all parties. The 27-year-old is good but he isn’t irreplaceable, and if he has no intention of signing a new contract then Tottenham must cash in while they can.”