Clinton Morrison has told The Debate on Sky Sports (broadcast on 8/10; 22:37) that Christian Eriksen’s comments about his Tottenham Hotspur future have played a part in their struggles this season.
As reported by the London Evening Standard, Eriksen had been expected to leave Spurs in the summer. He suggested shortly after the Champions League final that he was keen to seek a new challenge.
The Dane remained at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as this campaign began. And it is fair to say that it has not been a happy time for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
They went into the international break having conceded 10 goals in their two most recent games. There has been plenty of debate about whether the 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich or 3-0 loss at Brighton was more damaging. And it appears that Pochettino is facing the toughest task of his tenure as he looks to turn their fortunes around.
But Eriksen insisted to Danish outlet Ekstra Bladet that speculation about his future, which kicked into overdrive in the summer, has not contributed to their current form.
However, Morrison suggested that, based on what he is seeing on the pitch, the question marks surrounding Eriksen and some of his Tottenham teammates have hurt Spurs this season.
“He’s been there for a long time and he wanted a big challenge,” he told The Debate. “He wanted to go to a Barcelona or a Real Madrid, who are bigger and better than Tottenham are at the moment. You can’t complain about that. Every footballer wants to go and play for the best teams.
“But it has had a big effect on the dressing room. You can tell because he’s not playing how he was last season and the season before, because Eriksen, he is a top, top player.”
Unfortunately for Eriksen, he has arguably not played well enough to avoid questions about whether doubts over his future have hurt the team.
He is not solely responsible for the current sense of uncertainty. There are others who have contracts that expire next summer. The club therefore, have arguably also got to take some of the blame for the situation that Spurs find themselves in.
But Eriksen could certainly silence those who believe that the speculation is hurting Tottenham by rediscovering his old form after the international break.