Things haven’t gone to plan for Christian Eriksen since his departure from Tottenham Hotspur last January, but that doesn’t mean chairman Daniel Levy should pass up the opportunity to create the unthinkable in north London at the turn of the year…
According to Football Insider, Spurs along with several other Premier League teams have been offered the chance to re-sign the Danish playmaker ahead of the winter transfer window.
It’s claimed that Serie A outfit Inter Milan are keen to trim their wage bill and thus, will need to raise funds through player sales or loan spells away from the club.
Eriksen, who is on £200k-per-week at the San Siro, with more details here on how to get that sort of money, fits into that category.
Levy and Jose Mourinho brought back Gareth Bale to the club, so should they repeat that masterstroke here?
The 28-year-old’s form has undeniably tailed off over the past 18 months, contributing to just four goals in 20 appearances in his final half-season in N17 whilst in Italy, he’s yet to score or assist this season after three goals and three assists last term, via WhoScored.
However, the speculation over Eriksen’s future at Spurs clearly had a negative effect on the pitch and he’s just not been fancied by Antonio Conte at Inter.
This is a player that has undisputed numbers for the club – originally signed by Andre Villas-Boas in 2013, the attacking midfielder would go onto provide at least six goals and nine assists in all but one season between his arrival and 2018/19, per Transfermarkt.
Now valued at €70m (£63m) by CIES, Eriksen could prove to be his own solution back at Spurs as Giovani Lo Celso is yet to convince as a no.10, contributing to just eight goals since the start of last season.
Mauricio Pochettino once dubbed his star man “special” and claimed that he has “amazing quality and can shoot from outside the area” whilst Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said to the Daily Mail (via 90min) that Eriksen was a “ruthless playmaker” who can “destroy you” with time and space.
It remains to be seen what sort of deal could happen in January, but Levy would be making a mistake by not bringing him home. Imagine a front four of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Bale and Eriksen – on top of Tanguy Ndombele and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg a little deeper.
That’s the stuff of dreams. We’ve seen the impact the returning Welshman has had, this could be similar if not better.
AND in other news, £40.5m-rated star’s snub a worrying sign for his Spurs future…