According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, there’s a small chance that we may see Christian Eriksen return to Tottenham Hotspur this month.
He claimed last week that Spurs boss Jose Mourinho was keen to bring the Danish playmaker back to north London but the main stumbling block would be his reported £229k-per-week wages.
Romano then went on to write in his Sky Sports column just two days ago that Eriksen was keen to leave Inter Milan just one year after joining and that he’d love to be back in a Spurs shirt.
Daniel Levy ought to do what he can to make this happen.
First of all, Mourinho’s yet to truly replace him – neither Tanguy Ndombele nor Giovani Lo Celso have stepped up to produce similar returns, whilst it’s clear to see that Dele Alli is hugely out-of-favour having played only 74 minutes in the Premier League all season.
Indeed, Ndombele is currently the ‘go-to’ in the no.10 role, but he’s only managed to produce three goals and one assist in 16 league appearances this term.
Lo Celso, on the other hand, is currently on the treatment table, but has only been able to contribute towards 11 goals in 56 matches since his arrival from Real Betis 18 months ago.
In terms of creating chances, the pair both average 0.8 key passes per game in the top-flight, which is outranked by three other Spurs players – by quite some margin too with Heung-min Son managing 1.9 key passes and Harry Kane managing 1.6 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
That only goes to show how much of a reliance Spurs have had on the prolific duo.
They say you should never go back, but the north Londoners are a testament to why that’s not always the case – go back to Jurgen Klinsmann’s time at the club to see why.
After leaving Spurs for Bayern Munich in the summer of 1995, the German striker soon returned on loan from Sampdoria just two years later and his nine goals helped steer Spurs to safety in the Premiership.
Eriksen was at Spurs for six-and-a-half seasons, where he scored at least eight goals and provided at least five assists in each of his campaigns barring his final six months at the club, per Transfermarkt.
The £31.5m-rated attacking midfielder also managed an average of at least 1.9 key passes per game during that time frame too, which is over double what both Lo Celso and Ndombele have returned thus far.
No wonder ex-Spurs man Jamie Redknapp told the Daily Mail (via 90min) that Eriksen was a “ruthless playmaker” who could “destroy you.”
If Mourinho wants to add more creativity and another influence to his attack, then bringing back the 103-cap wizard is something that needs to be done. Just like Klinsmann’s return, Eriksen could be the game-changer between Spurs finishing fifth and nearer the top.
AND in other news, Levy should move £25m star on this month, Dier thinks he’s a “nightmare”…