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Noel Whelan believes that Tottenham Hotspur have pulled off one of the best pieces of business in the summer transfer window by keeping Christian Eriksen, per Football Insider.
Eriksen outlined his desire to take on a new challenge following the Champions League final.
A number of reports suggested that he had his heart set on a potential move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.
But no bid was forthcoming from either side and Whelan believes that his staying at the club could be the difference between Spurs challenging for major honours or merely attempting to finish in the top four.
He said: “Tottenham have done well to keep hold of Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose, they are all massive players. But Eriksen is the most important. He’s irreplaceable.
“It’s the best business of the summer by any Premier League club. Eriksen’s that important. To get rid of him would be ludicrous. He is the one player at Tottenham who can open up a team with his passing.
“That’s why Barcelona and Real Madrid wanted him. If Eriksen leaves, I would worry about Tottenham getting a top-four place. With him, they can get top four and challenge for trophies.
“Tottenham have spent quite well this summer, but I still think they are a window behind other teams, and the squad is still quite thin.
“They needed to keep all their stars to compete in the Premier League and Champions League at the same time, and luckily they have done so.”
Eriksen has proved already this season that he is a genuinely brilliant playmaker.
He was left out of the squad for the game against Aston Villa but came off the bench to completely change the game; he was also superb in the north London derby, scoring his side’s first goal as they drew 2-2 with Arsenal at The Emirates.
It would’ve been a major blow to lose him, particularly if they were unable to bring in an adequate replacement.
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After the Paulo Dybala deal broke down on transfer deadline day, it made all the sense in the world to keep the Denmark international around.
Now it’s crunch time and he must prove his worth if he is to earn that move that he has so craved; that can only help Tottenham.