This article is part of Football FanCast’s One to Watch series, which focuses on those players we think are particularly worth keeping an eagle-eye on as the 2019/20 season unfolds.
Denmark are gearing up for their clash against Gibraltar later on tonight and as always, Christian Eriksen is more than likely to grace the pitches for his national team as one of their leaders having been called up once again.
Interestingly enough, the great Dane, for all his obvious qualities, is somewhat struggling in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur.
He is not really getting picked as often as he used to be by Mauricio Pochettino and that has definitely taken a toll on his general output and, quite possibly, on Spurs’ performance in the domestic competition in 2019/20.
So far, Eriksen has tallied 14 appearances for his team across all competitions but that equates to only 861 minutes, two goals and one assist.
When we compare that to his last season’s tally of ten goals and 17 assists, it puts thing more into perspective, especially considering he was in the starting line-up 30 out of 36 times in the Premier League. Now, after only 11 games, he’s already been benched four times and didn’t come off the bench at all against Sheffield United last time out.
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But according to a recent report coming from Gazzetta dello Sport, Inter Milan are keeping tabs on the Danish playmaker and would be willing to incorporate him come June next year.
Of course, the same report emphasises the Nerazzurri know it will be a tall task but if the opportunity arises, they will definitely try and pounce on it with both hands.
For that reason, their fans might want to keep their eyes peeled for the 27-year-old tonight and see for themselves whether he can prove his worth and warrant the links with their club.
Of course, his out-of-favour status with Pochettino and the fact that his contract expires in the summer of 2020 mean Inter could get a discount for Eriksen, or even get him for free, but Antonio Conte first has to deem him worthy of a transfer in the first place.
Even though he’s not firing on all cylinders for Spurs, he usually performs rather well for Denmark, already bagging 29 goals in 93 appearances for his country.
Maybe the Premier League stage is not really a clear depiction of his quality at the moment but the international one just might be.
Better keep those eyes peeled, then.