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Christian Eriksen has made no secret of his desire for a new challenge away from Tottenham, with ESPN reporting that he is only interested in a move to either Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.
The interest in joining one of those trio of European giants suggests the Denmark international believes he can play at the very highest level, but he would need to start doing one thing if/when an exit from Spurs does materialise.
Of course, it’s hard to argue with the 27-year-old’s record of 67 goals and 86 assists in 281 appearances in all competitions for the north London outfit – or 29 goals in 90 caps for Denmark for that matter – but it is the fact he can sometimes go missing in matches that is most worrying.
A prime example was for Denmark on Sunday, as they looked to pick up three points in a scrappy encounter away in Georgia.
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Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne stepped up to the plate with one goal and three assists in a 4-0 win against Scotland the following evening.
When fully fit, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the Belgium international bosses matches and dictates the play consistently.
Eriksen has done this too because of the quality he has on the ball and his vision, but he simply hasn’t done it enough to be considered a key player at a club like Real, Barca or Juve.
To be a top, top player you expect to go away to a club like Man City and stand out, yet the 27-year-old didn’t really do that at the Etihad last month.
One moment in particular stood out, and that was when the playmaker took too long to play Harry Kane in late on in the match, eventually being robbed of possession.
On the other hand, De Bruyne captained City and assisted both of their goals – the gulf in class between the duo seems clear, and Eriksen really needs to become more authoritative and influential if he really wants to be as good as he perhaps thinks he already is.