Football pundit Paul Merson believes that midfielder Christian Eriksen will be key to Tottenham Hotspur’s top four chances this season, as reported by Sky Sports.
“I’d go as far as to say that if he went before the transfer window shuts, I’d be surprised if they got into the top four,” the pundit said.
“I watched them against Aston Villa and they’d run out of ideas. There was nothing really happening for them. Harry Kane wasn’t getting any service as Villa kept things compact.
“Eriksen came on and it was a completely different last 25 minutes. He put the ball through the eye of a needle, he played little one-twos and he has vision.
“It was a strange one [not starting him]. You do not want to lose him before the window closes.”
Eriksen has been linked with a move away from the North London club this summer and has even indicated a desire to join a new club.
He has just one year remaining on his contract. While Tottenham are open to selling him, they have not received any good bids.
The Dane has been linked with moves to some of Europe’s top clubs, who have until the end of the month to complete a deal for the Spurs playmaker.
Despite wanting to leave Tottenham for a new challenge, Eriksen remains professional. He came on as a substitute during Spurs’ 3-1 victory against Aston Villa last weekend and delivered a good performance.
He made three key passes after coming off the bench and helped his club to claim a valuable three points.
Tottenham struggled for much of the game after having conceded first, before a brilliant strike from Tanguy Ndombele and a late brace from Harry Kane allowed them to start the season with a victory.
There is no doubt that most Spurs fans will just want Eriksen to stay.
He has been an important player for the club during the past few years and is also widely regarded as being one of the most underrated talents in the Premier League.
Eriksen certainly can add a lot of value to Tottenham for a few more years to come.