Yet another signing in the transfer window for Spurs, that now takes their spending to over £100 million. We’ve signed Christian Eriksen from Ajax in a reported £11.5 million deal. The player has signed a 4 year contract, with the option of another year. Eriksen is a 21, attacking midfielder from Denmark and has been looked at by many big clubs before, including Manchester City, who he himself turned down. Eriksen has been tipped by many to be a star in the future.
Eriksen is a creative player, and I think we needed this type of player who can play in the number ten role off the striker. Someone who can spot a pass, and open the game up. Soldado has been lacking in chances, so the need for a playmaker was very clear. We have Holtby, who I think can do that job as he has showed at Schalke, he can spot a pass. We also have Sigurdsson, but he is not creative enough for the number ten role. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Gylfi offloaded.
We certainly needed a creative player, but is Eriksen the man? We were linked with former Anji player Willian, and he is top class. He was that creative spark we needed. Sadly, we missed out on him to Chelsea as they gazumped us with the fee and wages. £30 million was the fee, so it was a little steep. Eriksen has now been brought in, for £11.5 million which is considerably less than Willian, but bare in mind Christian was in the last year of his contract. In my opinion, Willian is the better player, but there is no reason that Eriksen can’t become the better player in the future as he is younger.
Eriksen is a player who can pick a pass in tight spaces. He is great with the ball at feet in tight areas, so will always ask for the ball. He’s an option constantly throughout the game. He can certainly score goals, with 10 last season in the Dutch league. He can take free kicks, and is a set piece specialist and this is something we may need if Bale and Sigurdsson were to leave. Eriksen is skilful on the ball and has very tricky feet, and it should be a joy to watch in the Premier League. Eriksen lacks strength, he could be bullied in the Premier League, but with players like Mata, Oscar, Silva and Modric all to succeed before him, he will be fine, I’m sure.
I have had my doubts as to whether Eriksen was the one to come in, but I think I was comparing him to the player Willian is, who is much older and more experienced. I have faith in the players AVB and Baldini bring in, and I’m sure he’ll help us reach our goals in the future. Welcome to Spurs, Christian Eriksen!