With Tottenham’s trip to Liverpool this weekend, it’s worth asking: is this Christian Eriksen’s last journey to Anfield?
The clock appears to be running down on Christian Eriksen’s time at Tottenham. Major clubs across Europe are expected to be scrambling for his signature when the January transfer window opens.
Eriksen would be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club from January 1st next year, which would result in him leaving on a free transfer next summer.
Tottenham could decide to let him go in January for a cut price fee. However, that could prove difficult, as the Danish international is now cup tied for the Champions League, having appeared twice in the competition this season.
Therefore the free transfer outcome is undoubtedly going to be the preferred option–and with a club currently playing in the Champions League.
Eriksen a Bargain For His Next Club
At the age of 27, in the middle of his peak football years, Eriksen would be an outstanding acquisition. This despite the increase in wage bill for his next employers if he leaves White Hart Lane for nothing.
Any team in need of creativity with vital through balls and key passes would benefit from his arrival.
Eriksen is also an a constant danger through set pieces and free kicks. He’s also earned reputation of being able to put in a shift, with a high work rate without the ball at his feet.
In Tottenham’s run to the club’s first ever European Cup or Champions League final, he scored twice. Just as importantly, he created more chances with four assists.
Eriksen hit the net eight times in the Premier League last season, and assisted 12 further goals in a successful season from a personal point of view.
He has never scored more that ten goals in a season, which came in the 2017/18 and 2014/15 seasons. That’s a total that Eriksen matched during his last season at Ajax, who he joined as a 16 year-old from Odense.
The Dane has a more impressive assist total, which peaked at 19 in the Eredivise in 2011/12.
In England he has also been prolific in his role as a creator, reaching 15 assists in the two seasons between 2015 and 2017.
Since his arrival in England, his appearance record has also been good, where he has played between 35 and 38 games per season.
Only his first year in North London did he miss a number of games, making a relatively small total of 25 appearances.
Perhaps surprisingly, the Dane has been substituted in a considerable amount of matches. He has been taken off between nine and 11 times per season between 2013 and 2017, yet this only happened three times last season.
Eriksen has been named Danish footballer of the year for a record equaling fourth time.
The last of these accolades was won last year, which matched Brian Laudrup’s total, and eclipsed Danish football legends such as Morten Olsen and Peter Schmeichel, who have won it three times each.
However if there is one aspect of his career that may raise doubts, it is his performances in the bigger games.
It’s a criticism in some quarters that he needs take them by the scruff of the neck more.
In the Champions League final he was often on the periphery of the game, and failed to ignite the pattern of the game. However, he was hardly on his own in a lacklustre Tottenham display.
Who will sign Christian Eriksen in January?
Eriksen has been clear that he wishes to move elsewhere, telling Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet in June, “I feel that I am at a stage where I would like to try something new.”
Inevitably the eyes of some of the biggest names in European football have been monitoring the Eriksen situation.
Manchester United appeared to make a genuine attempt to recruit him last summer. They certainly could use his creative spark this season. Most observers feel though the Dane wanted a move to Spain.
There has been plenty of speculation that an in transition Real Madrid would be interested.
Yet reports have suggested that some of Madrid’s fringe players would have to be sold first to trim the wage bill. Or that the emergence of Federico Valverde after his loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna has resulted in there being no need to sign Erisken.
Paris St Germain are also rumoured to be interested, to link the attacking midfielder with Di Maria and Icardi.
Eriksen’s future will become clearer in the next few months, in what is likely to be a new beginning away from England.