We all know Ajax have a brilliant youth system, and through the years have developed some of the best players in the world. And adding to the likes of Denis Bergkamp , Luis Suarez, Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder is the Dane - Christian Eriksen, now playing for Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United were not heavily involved in business in the transfer window, but they did attract some attention from the outsiders. Marouane Fellaini was the star signing for them but ironically, he has not started off well at Old Trafford.
There is no shortage of talent in the market, and one of the most wanted and talented individuals is none other than Eriksen.
United were in pursuit of a creative midfielder who can dictate play, and can also score goals. I guess, Eriksen was exactly the type of player United needed, but he was happy to go to White Hart Lane.
We may compare him to the likes of Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric, but he is someone who can pass the ball and pass the ball very well.
Eriksen is a free flowing and technically gifted footballer and is a joy to watch with the ball at his feet. Physical force is used more in the Premier League and that's why he is finding it a bit 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, ranging from a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, right midfielder and a left midfielder. And he's been very good for Spurs so far 11 games into the season, and has scored a goal in the Europa League game against Tromso.
Eriksen's passing has helped Roberto Soldado, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jermaine Defoe to score goals which have been few and far between for Spurs in the Premier League this season.
United will have problems in the midfield and especially after Michael Carrick's and Phil Jones' absence, who have been pretty good for United this season. Creativity still lacks in the midfield as there's too much burden on Carrick's 32-year old shoulders and also due to Fellaini's lack of form.
David Moyes desperately needs a No.10 type midfielder who can be used anywhere in the midfield like Shinji Kagawa who has been a bit inconsistent throughout this season. And Eriksen could've been perfect for United if they had got him in the summer.
His abilities are what United are demanding for right now and United did trace his performances earlier as well, but failed in their pursuit. After two or three years people will surely compare Eriksen with other great players who had come through the ranks of the Ajax youth academy as he has great ability and technique.
Manchester United should have gone for him this summer, considering the amount of talent he possesses and the Old Trafford outfit's mentality to buy young and talented players.
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