Would Eriksen fit back in at Spurs?
I think we can all agree that Christian Eriksen’s plotted escape from Spurs hasn’t gone altogether as planned.
By the time the Danish playmaker’s spell of unrest had reached its natural conclusion last January, after months of underperformance and plenty of public discourse about his desire to leave North London, Eriksen finally ended up at the San Siro.
Inter wasn’t his first choice you’d imagine, particularly when the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona had been suggested as possible options just months earlier. But few could have predicted how badly things would’ve turned out at a Champions League club with title aspirations under a serial winner like Antonio Conte.
In an alternate reality, Eriksen could’ve been the creative fulcrum of a team peppered with former Premier League stars, crafting a dream partnership with Romelu Lukaku, firing I Nerazzurri to Serie A glory and at least a decent showing in the Champions League.
Instead, Inter’s 2019/20 title challenge withered under the might of a predictable late Juventus charge and the Champions League effort died an unceremonious death in a tricky group stage featuring Barcelona and Dortmund. Visitors to ace pokies online pokies will understand that an unsuccessful Europa League final wouldn’t have done much to salve the wounds of a disappointing season.
Perhaps things could’ve felt marginally better if Eriksen had actually been involved in Inter’s albeit failed attempts at silverware. Conte, however, clearly didn’t appreciate the talents of one of the Premier League’s finest ever number 10s, as he’s made only 14 Serie A starts since January 2020.
Return to North London?
After failing to make any real impact at Inter, rumors have somewhat predictably surfaced about a return to Spurs.
The question, then, how would he fit in at this new-look Spurs? And, more importantly, does Eriksen possess the right physical and positional attributes for an archetypal ‘Mourinho player’?
History might suggest otherwise. Mourinho has a habit of marginalizing so-called specialist number 10s, who might not offer the defensive qualities as a more robust, multi-faceted creative midfielder. Something he looks to have found in Tanguy Ndombele, who, like slots online, is performing brilliantly. Think Juan Mata at Chelsea, and even further back in his first spell at Stamford Bridge, Joe Cole.
So far, so unpromising. As far as a place for Eriksen, it’s true that Spurs lack some creative depth, particularly as the talented Giovani Lo Celso doesn’t seem to be able to keep fit.
But would Daniel Levy really be prepared to stump up the necessary wages for a player who would, at most, provide cover or an option from the bench?
It seems unlikely.