Tottenham: New contract for midfielder; price-tag set for Son; fitness concern ahead of Stoke
After a few weeks of disagreements over figures and rumours of an impending exit, Spurs fans can rest easy in the knowledge that Christian Eriksen has signed a new four year contract at the club and will be going nowhere.
It was quite a shock when it was revealed that Eriksen was earning around £32,000 per week, which is a pittance by Premier League standards, and there was a stand off earlier in the summer when the Dane asked for around £150,000 over the same period.
However, the club and player have compromised on a £70,ooo per week deal, which places Eriksen amongst the top earners at the club, and most importantly ties him down for another four years. This will take the 24 year old through the prime of his career at White Hart Lane.
Eriksen has started the season poorly, with many thinking that the contract disputes were contributing to his bad form. When on fire, though, the midfielder is vital to Spurs’ creativity and can conjure a goal out of nowhere. He scored for Denmark in midweek without the distractions of contract talk, and many will hope that he brings this back to White Hart Lane after the break with a new deal sorted.
Elsewhere, the future of Tottenham forward Son Heung Min is fairly up in the air. Wolfsburg failed with a £24 million bid for the attacker over the summer, but are still interested in taking the player to Germany and Spurs have reportedly slapped a £33.5 million price tag on the player.
Son is not a starter at Spurs, but is an excellent, hard-working option from the bench, and a fee of £33.5 million suggests that they still believe that the South Korean could have a future in North London.
Wolfsburg, though, are keen to add more attacking talent to their side after losing the considerable talent of Andre Schurrle and the phenomenal Kevin de Bruyne over the last two seasons. The German side fell from second in the Bundesliga to eighth last season, and the signing of an experienced Bundesliga player such as Son could vastly improve their fortunes.
As for Spurs, although they would not notice Son’s absence from the starting eleven, it would leave a big hole in the squad and greatly remove from squad depth that Spurs don’t really possess in abundance. The money quoted would allow Spurs to find a good replacement, but they should think carefully before selling.
In more immediate concerns, Danny Rose is a doubt for Spurs’ game against Stoke this weekend after playing with a hamstring injury for England against Slovakia on Sunday.
Spurs have the solid Ben Davies to deputise, but will miss Rose’s attacking verve against the Potters, and potentially for the next few weeks as well. This would mean that they would be without their number 3 against Sunderland and also in the Champions League fixture against Monaco.
Davies will ensure that Rose isn’t missed too much in the side, but it is certainly a blow to Mauricio Pochettino.
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