Alan Pardew has told BeIN Sports that he believes Mauricio Pochettino should make an example out of Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen by hauling him off after a poor display against Everton.
Eriksen, 27, is one of three Spurs players in the final months of his contract and is expected to leave at the end of the season – if not before then in January. He stated in the summer that he is keen to leave Spurs and try a new challenge.
Despite that, Pochettino continues to play the Danish star and he has started the last two matches against Liverpool and Everton. Eriksen was finally substituted during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with seconds remaining, for Ryan Sessegnon.
Former West Ham and Newcastle boss Pardew has given Pochettino some advice on what to do with Eriksen, claiming the letf-footed star should be used as an example to the rest of the Spurs squad – taking him off earlier in the match.
“You have to say today, that he does not look anywhere near the form that he was in,” Pardew said. “That’s about as polite as I can put that. That would be a worry for me, if I was on that bench.
“Knowing that his contracts ends at the end of the season, sometimes you do need to make a statement as a manager. Today should have been a statement to say ‘come off, I’m not accepting that [poor performance]’.”
TBR’s view – Eriksen should be nowhere near the Tottenham squad
It is clear to see to any football fan watching Tottenham at the minute that Eriksen does not want to be there. He looks uninterested, and is unwilling to apply the press that has worked so well during Pochettino’s era at Spurs.
He is causing a bad smell that is affecting Tottenham’s performances. On Sunday, Spurs were missing Harry Kane, but Eriksen was non-involved that Spurs may as well have started the game with 10 men. He needs to be ostracised, Mesut Ozil style.