Tottenham should fear Christian Eriksen exit this summer
Tottenham have been on a steady development since the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager and the Argentine has been responsible for the club finishing in the top four for a third successive season.
That is no mean feat and one that deserves tremendous respect. However, during that period, the players have increased their profile and there will be interest in several this summer.
That could be problematic for Daniel Levy and the board, due to the wage structure that has been in place for a number of years.
Christian Eriksen is entering into the final two-years of his contract with Tottenham, which is worth around £70,000 a week.
A player with his quality could be earning a lot more and at the age of 26, it could be approaching a time when the midfielder looks for a more lucrative deal.
The Evening Standard report the following quotes from the Danish international’s agent, Martin Schoots:
“The only thing I can say is that concerning the interest of several clubs in Christian is that we prefer not to comment. Christian wants to focus completely on the World Cup – just as he did before on qualifying for the Champions League with Spurs. But becoming a father for the first time very soon, there is even something bigger at the moment he is giving his attention to.”
There will be no surprise that Eriksen is attracting interest from other clubs, as he is one of the leading players in the Premier League.
During the 2017/18 campaign, the midfielder contributed an impressive ten goals and ten assists, with a goal involvement every 161.3 minutes.
The 26-year-old started all but one of Tottenham’s Premier League matches and influenced matches with impressive consistency.
The comments from Eriksen’s agents are particularly troubling because he doesn’t state that the midfielder is looking to remain with Tottenham.
It is likely that Schoots is pushing for an improved contract in North London as the player is settled there and performing to a high standard.
However, the strict wage structure means that a fair offer reflective of the current financial position of football is unlikely to be forthcoming. That could lead to another key player pushing for a move.
Kyle Walker left last summer for Manchester City, who could offer a significant pay increase and a chance for major honours. Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld is currently in a contract stand-off and likely to leave this summer for similar reasons.
It is becoming a pattern at Tottenham. Although they have yet to see a lot of departures, their wage structure is certainly holding them back.
Eriksen doesn’t come across as a player that would push for a move for financial reasons, but it would be difficult to turn down a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Barcelona could be in the market for a creative midfielder after the departure of Andres Iniesta and the Tottenham man could be a good fit. Meanwhile, there will be other clubs capable of offering the chance of trophies and a pay increase.
If Spurs don’t manage the situation carefully, the 26-year-old may not have a long-term future at the club.
The World Cup could intensify interest in Eriksen and that would increase the possibility of a summer exit. However, it is more likely that his short-term future is in North London and these comments are a warning that the midfielder does have other options.
Tottenham will have realised that their wage structure could become a problem and there will be more pressure to alter it with every season. It would be disastrous to lose the 26-year-old and Spurs need to do all they can to secure him to a new deal.
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