Date: 25th July 2019 at 10:50am
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Christian Eriksen has been a stalwart in the Tottenham team since his £11.5m move from Ajax in 2013, but since admitting he’d like to “try something newspeculation has continuously circled him.

Reports say Eriksen’s preference is a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid but with a move currently failing to materialise, Manchester United have entered the fight for the Dane.

Manchester United could offer a large fee for Christian Eriksen but Spurs should reject all advances from United and retain the services of the playmaker.

As far as they’ve fallen, Manchester United are still a viable rival to Tottenham for a top-four place in the upcoming season – especially as they only finished five points behind Spurs last season.

In the past, Spurs have been guilty of not having the creativity to kill off games – shown by Eric Dier’s post-match interview after their 1-0 loss to West Ham last season, where he said Spurs “were missing that final pass“.

Another example is a fairly abject attacking display against Liverpool in the Champions League final, where Spurs only managed three shots on target.

Eriksen is the main player at Spurs that has the ability to play these passes – his 2.1 key passes per 90 beats any of his teammates (the closest being Eric Lamela with 1.2).

The Denmark international’s tally of 12 assists this season was only behind Eden Hazard and Ryan Fraser in the Premier League which means there will be no surprise that it’s a club-high at Spurs too, with second-placed Heung-Min Son’s total of six assists only being half as much as Eriksen.

The playmaker’s 61 assists since his move from Ajax means Eriksen has more assists for Tottenham than any other player in the club’s history – putting him ahead of the likes of Aaron Lennon (49), Robbie Keane (31), Dele Alli (29) and Gareth Bale (25).

Mauricio Pochettino has spoken very clearly about his wishes for Christian Eriksen to remain at the club:

“It is a very special situation. Christian is a special person. I think we are all special, different and we need to understand that.”

“The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player. I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future, but I think Christian and us, we are so open to talking and we will see what happens.”

The fact that Eriksen beats his teammates so comprehensively in these stats would make selling him too much of a risk – even if Spurs sign a replacement that hits the ground running, this is an area that I believe Spurs should be adding to, rather than replacing in.

 

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