Tottenham: Eriksen contract latest; Lloris lauds new signing; Englishman attracts praise
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has personally stepped into contract negotiations between the club and midfielder Christian Eriksen to ensure that the Dane signs a new deal at White Hart Lane.
The club have been attempting to tie Eriksen down to a new deal since March, and there were points over the summer where the two parties looked very far apart from agreeing terms. Eriksen wanted around £150,000 per week, with the club currently paying him £32,000, and there were concerns that the Dane would depart with clubs such as Juventus sniffing around.
Pochettino though, has seen the talks as a distraction for his player, and has since become involved himself in order to broker a £70,000-a-week deal for the Dane, which the midfielder looks set to sign.
It will be of great relief to the manager when Eriksen signs the new contract. Not only will it eliminate any immediate threat of the player being sold on the cheap, or asking to leave, it may also help to banish the poor form that has plagued the start of Eriksen’s season.
Anonymous in all three of Spurs’ openers, they need the 24-year-old to start firing in order to get back to the levels they were reaching last season. The quality of Eriksen’s delivery, and passing on the break, make him vital to the way Spurs play. Normally, when Eriksen plays well, Spurs win, and with a Champions League campaign approaching, they need him back to his best.
If he doesn’t return to the peak of his powers though, Spurs have brought in more options to their attacking midfield ranks who could be able to challenge the Dane.
One of those signings is Moussa Sissoko, who arrived at White Hart Lane for £30 million on deadline day from Newcastle United, and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has spoken highly of the dynamic 27-year-old.
Lloris gave particular praise to Sissoko’s energetic style, allowing him to fit in with Pochettino’s high pressing team, but also pointed out that his power and direct nature gives Spurs a different dimension in attack. He also labelled Sissoko’s Premier League experience as an important part of the transfer deal.
It is fair to say that a few eyebrows were raised when Spurs splashed out £30 million on a player who scored just once for a relegated team last season, but it is unfair to already label the Frenchman as a flop before he has even kicked a ball for his new club.
Lloris’ comments are certainly accurate. Sissoko is a dynamic player who should fit in with the Spurs philosophy whilst also adding a different dimension to their team. It may be an expensive move, but that doesn’t mean it will be a bad one.
Another Spurs player has received praise recently, but this time from outside the club. Ex-Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, speaking to Sky Sports at the launch of the demo for FIFA 17, described his former teammate Danny Rose as the best left back in the country.
Rose, who broke into the England side in March, has developed from a shaky, defensively weak full-back in his younger days into a fully fledged international defender, and was one of England’s less poor performers at Euro 2016.
The Spurs man will face competition from Manchester United’s Luke Shaw over the next two years to become England’s number one left back, and praise from a teammate like Townsend will only build his confidence ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
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