Paul Merson believes that Christian Eriksen is a vital player for Tottenham and claims the team could miss out on top four football if he exits.
The 27-year-old has previously given an interview to Ekstrabladet where he’s claimed he may want to experience a new challenge away from Spurs.
Despite the English transfer window closing, the European one remains open during August and teams from abroad could in theory try sign him.
Eriksen cost Spurs £11.5million (BBC) back in 2013 and he’s developed into a key player for the team.
The attacking midfielder was left off in the bench at the weekend for the opening Premier League game at home to Aston Villa, but he entered the action in the second-half and helped inspire a 3-1 victory.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that it would be a disaster if Eriksen did leave during the remainder of the month and feels Mauricio Pochettino’s side need him to qualify for Champions League football again.
He also predicted that he expects the Denmark international to stay and end up departing next summer.
“I’d go as far as to say that if he went before the transfer window shuts, I’d be surprised if they got into the top four,” Merson told The Debate Show on Sky Sports’ Main Event channel (10:35pm, 12 August).
“Eriksen came on [against Aston Villa] and it was a completely different last 25 minutes. He put the ball through the eye of a needle, he played little one-twos and he has vision.
“It was a strange one [not starting him]. You do not want to lose him before the window closes. I think he’ll stay at Spurs, but he’ll have a contract sorted out in January to leave on a free next year.”
Without directly scoring or assisting against Villa, Eriksen clearly made an impact with his injection of creativity on the pitch and he gave his teammates a lift.
Pochettino needs to try clear up his situation quickly and try not to let it drag on for the rest of the month.
The creative playmaker can obviously play an important role if he sticks around for another year and is so consistent in the Premier League.
But if he does depart then the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli are around the squad to try step up to the plate.