A number of Tottenham Hotspur fans have taken to Twitter to react after Christian Eriksen told BBC Sport that he felt like the black sheep at Spurs after disclosing his desire to leave the club last summer.
Spurs fans may have hoped that they had seen the last of the news concerning Eriksen. His future seemed to be a talking point for a long time before he finally sealed a move to Inter Milan in January.
The Guardian reported in June last year that Eriksen had suggested that he wanted a new challenge ahead of the final year of his contract at Tottenham.
The Dane would not get his move last summer. And that meant that the speculation seemed to continue on a regular basis throughout the opening months of this season.
So there seemed to be a real sense of relief from all parties when his move to San Siro was confirmed last month. And Eriksen has admitted that his final months with Tottenham were not easy and he felt like a scapegoat for the club’s problems.
“If you have a short contract, you will be the black sheep,” he told BBC Sport. “Of course, I did the interview. I was very honest. I felt I had to be honest. I didn’t want to hide like a lot of players do. Everyone is different. I was honest. I wanted to say it out loud.
“I did get the blame for a lot of stuff, for being the bad guy. I read I was the bad person in the changing room, that ever since I said I wanted to leave, it was no good me being there.”
Unfortunately for Eriksen, there are a number of Spurs fans who do not agree that he was treated unfairly.
Several have insisted that his desire to leave was not the major issue. However, the big problem was that his performances gave off the impression that he did not want to stay.
His form during the latter stages of his Tottenham spell has been slammed. A couple of fans have pointed to how Eden Hazard performed for Chelsea in the months before his move to Real Madrid as an example of how a player should conduct themselves when they hope to leave.
Here is how some of the supporters reacted to Eriksen’s comments…
Entirely self inflicted. The timing of the announcement, one day before the Champions League final, will always remain unbelievably baffling.
— Michael James (@WhiteHartAche) February 5, 2020
I can only speak for me but him wanting to leave had no impact on me losing patience with him. His performances were awful & that’s why. Hazard at Chelsea to name a recent example played his heart out every game despite his desire to leave.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) February 5, 2020
Would of preferred a black sheep for the past 18 months
— Sam Myford (@SamMyford1) February 5, 2020
He just went about it all the wrong way. Would rather hear he wants a new challenge after he leaves, not whilst he is still at the club, that’s why he got some abuse. He really did down tools apart from a few games, such a shame as was so good for us.
— Bomber (@bomberbonfield) February 5, 2020
Didn’t have any problem with him wanting to leave. But it was clear he wasn’t giving his all for the team. Just look at Hazard at Chelsea and Ramsey at Arsenal as examples of players who gave everything right until the end. Eriksen clearly did not do that.
— Stuart Longley (@stuartmlongley) February 5, 2020
Don’t really care what he says. Just glad he’s gone. Unsettled the team too much. Funny how since he and Rose left I seen more of a togetherness in the team
— Terry david (@Terryda98843481) February 5, 2020
Oh bore off! He threw his toys out the pram and didn’t wanna know anymore! Stopped trying on the pitch and gave up.
— Alex (@SBergwijn_) February 5, 2020
He publicly said he wanted to leave, then even mentioned he wanted to run down hid contact, plus in this whole time he played quite badly…and somehow he is still surprised that he was seen as the bas guy?!?🤯
— Oouie (@oouie7) February 5, 2020