There’s been a lot of speculation regarding the future of Christian Eriksen throughout this summer (and throughout last January, and last summer). Liverpool have been linked strongly with the Danish youngster but didn’t seem to have the courage of their convictions.
For one reason or another, Brendan Rodgers has never followed up on his interest and never put in a concrete bid for the player.
That wasn’t the case for Spurs, who have been attracting players left, right and centre this summer. So much for the claim that you need Champions League football to attract top talent, eh?
But it must have been a loss that Ajax have been bracing themselves for, for some time. After all, the vultures have been circling for a number of years now. With good reason too — Eriksen is a very exciting young talent.
I’d argue that he’s somewhat comparable to Lewis Holtby, but he’s a significant upgrade on the German midfielder. He’s got an excellent range of passing, reads the game well and also chips in with a few goals. Last season he managed to nab 9 goals from the centre-of-midfield, which is all the more impressive given his age.
As for the question as to whether he’ll succeed in the Premier League, why not let De Boer field that one: “It would surprise me if that won’t happen.”
That sounds promising. Eriksen is a quick thinker and is unlikely to be caught out by the pace off the Premier League. He’s still young, but he’s already good enough to make an impact on the first team. Over the next two-or-three years, I can see him taking up a key role in the squad.
It’s difficult to understand why Brendan Rodgers has let this opportunity pass him by. But Liverpool’s negligence could be Tottenham’s reward. Let’s hope that this ends up being yet another astute signing from Andre Villas-Boas.
What’s your take? Are you excited to see Tottenham beat-off competition from Liverpool to move in and sign Christian Eriksen?
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