Transfers Scouting Report: Christian Eriksen
Today, Ajax sporting director, Marc Overmars, has confirmed Liverpool’s interest in Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Brendan Rodger is looking to add three or four players to his side this summer as he looks to improve the depth in the current side.
The 21-year-old Denmark international is one of Europe’s hottest prospects and Liverpool have closely monitored the youngster’s progress over the last couple of years
Fortunately for the Reds, Eriksen is out of contract in just over a year. However, it’s expected numerous clubs will make a move when the transfer window re-opens in July.
Age: 21 Years Old
A fine young midfield prospect, Eriksen learnt his trade with Ajax and has been tipped for greatness with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona monitoring his progress.
Eriksen began his development in the game when he switched to Odense Boldklub in 2005. There he won the Danish youth championships before deciding to join Dutch club Ajax in 2008. The famed academy in Amsterdam ensured that his talent would not be wasted and he was soon promoted to the first-team where he starred.
Running the game as a traditional No. 10, he slotted easily into the Ajax set-up and his breakthrough season came in 2010-11. Impressing all with his calm composure on the ball, scoring the occasional goal and setting up plenty of others, many have tipped him to emerge as a star of the Danish national side for many years to come after he was the youngest player of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Following 2011-12, he was named Danish Football Player of the Year, after helping Ajax win the Eredivisie the previous season and guiding the national team to a successful Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
This time round (2012/13), Eriksen has already scored 6 goals in 10 league matches – not a bad record for a midfield player. Clearly the 21 year old is improving with every season, it’s obvious to see why he attracts so much attention from across Europe.
Positioning and Ability
Eriksen plays prominently as an attacking midfielder, but he has been known to play as a forward in the past.
The Dane is an extremely creative player, in matches his displays this alongside his skill and balance. He always seems comfortable in possession and has a great range of passing.
How would he fit it? In Rodger’s Liverpool system, Eriksen would most likely sit behind Suarez in a 4-4-1 formation. The 21-year-old has youth on his side and I’d expect him to gradually replace Gerrard if he did make the move to Merseyside. The prospect of this will sit kindly with the majority of Liverpool fans.
How likely is this transfer? Rodgers was in charge of the youth team when Eriksen had two successful trials at Chelsea but chose senior football at Ajax instead of youth football at Chelsea. Liverpool have his old club team mate in Suarez and his national captain in Agger so he should be able to settle fairly quickly.
Eriksen seems to be a reasonably safe bet this summer and Ajax seem quite open to the idea of losing their star man. However, the final transfer price may still prove fairly costly.
Please feel free to comment with your thoughts and opinions regarding this topic. Will Christian Eriksen fit in at Anfield, and if so, is he worth the money?