It’d feel like a disaster if Tottenham lost Christian Eriksen, wouldn’t it? He’s one of the best creative midfielders in Europe at the moment, however, the club must put their foot down and sort out his future in the next couple of months.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy drives a hard bargain and isn’t a man to be messed with, so he won’t be pleased about Eriksen reportedly (via the Sun) stalling on a new deal considering his current one runs out at the end of the next season. There’s no way the businessman will let him run down his contract, so he either signs a new one or leaves this summer.
That’s the approach we all expect Levy to make anyway, but if he doesn’t and he allowed speculation about his future to rumble on through the summer and into next season, it’ll affect the Dane’s performance and shift focus away from the football. It should be sorted as soon as possible and both parties know it.
The player’s agent has been coy on his future, telling Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet: “I don’t want to add to the speculation around Christian’s contract and football future. Christian is only focusing on the football.”
This is the right approach from the agent, and the club will be pleased he’s not whipping up transfer speculation, but it doesn’t change the fact that a decision must be reached before, or close to, the end of this season. Pochettino will need to plan for his replacement if he’s to leave, and he can’t do that without prior knowledge.
The club can’t be seen to be led on by the former Ajax ace and his agent or players will then start to think the club’s well-managed control over wages and player agents is beginning to loosen. This could lead to all sorts of player demands and clubs believing Levy will be a walkover with regard to transfer fees.
The chairman’s next move in the fight to keep hold of Eriksen is vital for the club. He could give the 27-year-old all the time he needs to make the decision and give in to every demand to keep the player, or he could demand an answer soon and not be held to ransom, even if that means letting the player go.