Sky Sports pundit and former Tottenham Hotspur player Jamie Redknapp has said he feels his old side have to do everything in their power to keep hold of Christian Eriksen this season.
The Danish midfielder was used from the bench in Spurs’ opening match of the campaign against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon, and was pivotal in them coming from behind to win the game.
Tottenham were 1-0 down when Eriksen was introduced shortly after the hour mark, with his array of passing vital in the comeback performed by Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
To be fair to Spurs, they were without Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min for the contest, but there was a flatness to their display, which only really changed when the Denmark international stepped onto the pitch.
Eriksen made the news during the summer when he claimed he wanted to leave Tottenham for a new challenge, but to date no move has been made for him and he remains in London.
Redknapp believes that if Spurs are going to be successful this term, that is something that cannot change between now and the end of the season.
“Personally, until Eriksen came onto the field, I didn’t see Spurs winning that game,” Sky Sports quote him as saying.
“Mauricio (Pochettino) said that he felt his side were better in the second half, but I’m not so sure.
“When he came onto the pitch, the tempo changed, the pace of the passing changed, you could see every time a Spurs player got the ball, the first player they looked for was him. He changed the whole tempo of the game.
“I think it was more to do with him than anything else. They’ve got no Dele Alli and no Son (Heung-min) today, so they were missing some important players but Eriksen showed his importance to the team today.
“He’s the difference in that team, Eriksen, and they need to find a way to keep him.
“If he wants a bit more money than most players, that’s what great players deserve.”
Tottenham can no longer sell Eriksen to a domestic rival, with the British transfer window now closed, but European sides have until the start of next month to complete their business, so the Dane is not certain to remain in London just yet.