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Losing Eriksen and signing Asensio would be a January step backward for Tottenham

Marco Asensio of Real Madrid is being lined up by Tottenham in the event that playmaker Christian Eriksen leaves the club next month, according to Marca, via the Sun.

The 22-year-old Spaniard is apparently on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar and while perhaps Spurs cannot afford him without selling somebody first, he is seen as an ideal replacement for Eriksen.

Asensio is reportedly not keen on the move, as his focus is squarely on becoming a success at the Bernabeu, but Pochettino wants to bolster his ranks after failing to make a signing during the summer.

But losing Eriksen is the obvious downside and while Asensio is one of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe, the Dane is the superior player.

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He is settled at the club, attuned to both the pace of the Premier League and Pochettino’s intense demands and popular with the fans.

Asensio has outrageous talent, but represents a risk; he would be replacing a talismanic figure, in the middle of the season while attempting to adjust to a new country and style of football.

That means that replacing Eriksen with Asensio would represent a backwards step by Pochettino in a window where he really needs to make up for the ground lost in the summer.

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