Christian Eriksen is still very much an unknown factor over at Tottenham Hotspur.
Even though he’s been a faithful servant during Mauricio Pochettino’s era and a big contributor to their success, his current contract is due to expire next summer and there are still no signs of a possible extension on the horizon.
By all means, Jose Mourinho could have to start planning for life without the Danish playmaker but luckily for him, there are players out there who could possibly fill his void.
So without further ado, here are three players Mourinho should consider as Eriksen replacements:
Even though the hype for Golovin was somewhat short-lived, the 23-year-old Russian playmaker is still very much a valid option for the Special One. Currently valued at only £22.5 by Transfermarkt and plying his trade over in Ligue 1 for AS Monaco, he definitely looks like an attainable target.
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But his quality is still very much on par with Spurs’ requirements. This season, the 23-year-old has scored three goals and assisted further two across all competitions but has offered his team much more than just the final product.
His 2.2 key passes and 1.5 shots per game can surely attest to that, as can his 1.2 completed dribbles as well. He doesn’t seem like the fanciest of options but is an effective and cost-efficient solution.
We’re still in France but this time we’re looking at Olympique Lyon’s young prodigy, Aouar. The 21-year-old midfielder is still very much an unfinished product but is looking like a future star in making.
He’s already banged in one goal and assisted a further four across all competitions, while he has won 14 caps for the U21 squad of his country, scoring twice in the process as well.
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Of course, with such talent usually comes a price and Transfermarkt have already slapped a £40.5m figure on his head, which further proves that he is a highly-rated talent that could potentially thrive under Mourinho.
This might be the best time for Spurs to swoop in and snatch him up. The longer they wait, the higher the price goes…
And yes, we are aware of the fact that Alli is already at Spurs but he does seem like a perfect in-house solution in case Mourinho decides against going into the market to find himself one.
Granted, Giovani Lo Celso was also a viable option but for one reason or the other, the Real Betis loanee hasn’t really been given a chance to prove his worth just yet with only 257 minutes in 2019/20 under his name.
Alli, on the other hand, is looking like a player reborn under the Special One, having already bagged four goals and one assist in Mourinho’s first four games in charge.
Whether it’s truly the Portuguese manager that has seemingly reinvigorated him or just his own talent, we don’t know just yet, but the young Englishman could make Spurs forget all about Eriksen in a whim.
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