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Tottenham Hotspur’s result against Olympiacos on Wednesday night was frustrating to say the least, and there was no worse player on the pitch than Christian Eriksen.
With less than a year remaining on his contract and with no intention to extend his stay with Spurs as things stand, as shown by Marca saying he has rejected all of Daniel Levy’s offers, Mauricio Pochettino has been left with the decision over whether he regularly uses the Denmark international in the starting XI or not this season.
So far in 2019/20 he has largely favoured naming the man who cost £11.5m in 2013 in the team, and it was the case again in Athens on Wednesday.
The Argentine manager would have been looking towards the 27-year-old to provide that spark in the final third for the visitors, and show his quality on the ball.
However, he did anything but and according to SofaScore, he lost possession on a remarkable 22 occasions throughout his 90 minutes on the pitch – yes, we don’t know how he wasn’t subbed off either.
The Dane also failed to have a single shot or make any successful dribbles against the Greek club, while he won just three of the 10 duels he faced on the evening.
It was no surprise then that Football London handed him a 3/10 rating for his performance, because it was an unacceptable one from a man who appears to think he deserves to be playing for a Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus.
Perhaps it was simply an off-day for Eriksen like it was for many of his teammates in a blue shirt, or maybe there was more to it given reports suggest he wants that new challenge.
Whatever the case this performance gives Pochettino plenty to think about ahead of the trip to Leicester City on Saturday, where he must decide whether to stick or twist when it comes to selecting the Denmark international.
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Let’s just say it certainly wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the 27-year-old was dropped to the substitutes at the King Power Stadium.