Can Christian Eriksen improve Tottenham?
Could the highly-rated Ajax midfielder be the perfect tonic for Gareth Bale's imminent departure?
Tottenham Hotspur's impressive transfer window is set to enter its grand finale with Daniel Levy and co. pursuing top players to ease Spurs fans fears with the imminent departure of Welsh wizard Gareth Bale. On top of their wish list is none other than Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen, who is looking for the right move to take his game forward.
Not many players will be tipped to emulate the legendary players in their country's history, especially someone drawing comparisons with a player of Michael Laudrup's caliber. This has made Eriksen a hot property in the transfer market even at a young age. The likes of Barcelona and Chelsea came calling for his services and offered the impressive Dane a trial as well. However, the player opted against joining those clubs and joined Ajax at that age, showing maturity beyond years.
Now, at the age of 22, Eriksen is tipped to make his next move. With only a year remaining on his contract he will be an impressive addition to most of the teams in European football. The player has been cautious with his career so far and is again looking for the right move. Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, Premier League powerhouses Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs reportedly chasing his signature.
It is believed that the North London club are in pole position at the moment with their attractive playing style and manager Andre Villas-Boas believed to be the main reasons. Spurs have invested heavily in the transfer market this summer and has upgraded their squad significantly already. The arrivals of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli has made them title contenders and further additions are expected before the close of window.
What will be Christian Eriksen's impact at Tottenham? His playing style has drawn comparisons with Rafael van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder, both of whom also came through the Ajax ranks.
Eriksen is a free flowing and technically gifted footballer and is a joy to watch with ball at his feet. He might find it difficult to acclimatise to Premier League conditions due to his small frame, but with his speed, technical abilities, positioning and creative vision he can excel in any league in the world. He is also a natural in getting the best out of other players and can fit into multiple positions across midfield.
Eriksen is regarded as someone who steps up his game in the big matches but will he be able to deliver week in and week out at White Hart Lane? Spurs tried out two youngsters in the number 10 role last season, but neither Gylfi Sigurdsson or Lewis Holtby could establish themselves and that has opened the gates for a new arrival. Will Eriksen be able to make that his position to lose? Can he overcame his lack of goalscoring instincts in him and 5'9" frame to make a mark in Premier League?
Eriksen showed maturity beyond years to reject approaches from Zenit St.Petersburg and Bayer Leverkusen recently. Can Spurs convince him that they are the right club for him? If they can, Premier League fans will be delighted to witness the next Michael Laudrup weaving his magic in London.
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