Pochettino happy to count on Eriksen again
Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear Christian Eriksen remains a huge part of his Tottenham plans despite a summer of uncertainty.
Eriksen was the subject of interest from Real Madrid during the transfer window and admitted in June he was ready for a new challenge away from north London, saying he “would like to try something new”, while calling on Spurs to find a “resolution” to his situation.
The Denmark international was also then linked with a shock move to league rivals Manchester United, while talk of a future switch to Juventus is ongoing. However, the transfer window closed without him getting his desired move.
The former Ajax star did not kick up a fuss when a switch away failed to materialise and he’s proved his commitment to the cause already this season, scoring against local rivals Arsenal in the derby before the international break.
With his head seemingly turned by a possible summer move away, Pochettino has only selected Eriksen from the start in two of his side’s four games so far, but the Argentine coach has stressed he is a key man and believes, despite the speculation, he remains happy at the club.
Pochettino said: “He has always been happy here. Of course, everyone has their aims and challenges, but I told you before the Arsenal game that he was in the right mind. That’s why I selected him.
“He is such an important player for us and one we appreciate a lot. He is happy and if he can play, he will. All the decisions will be made on performances.”
Eriksen has been with Tottenham since summer 2013 and his influence has steadily grown during his time in England.
The 27-year-old has scored 67 goals and managed an incredible 86 assists from 281 appearances in all competitions to help Pochettino’s men cement their place in the top four in recent years.
Eriksen is expected to be named in the starting line-up against Crystal Palace when the club action resumes this weekend following the international break.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.