The announcement that Tottenham had completed the signing of Christian Eriksen from Ajax completed a busy day for Tottenham in their transfer dealings with three new players arriving at White Hart Lane.
Eriksen is a Danish international and can provide the creative midfield presence that many feel has been absent in the Tottenham squad for the past year since the departure of Luka Modric. The 21-year-old will cost Tottenham £11.5m takes the club’s spending to over £100m this summer. Andre Villas-Boas has received tremendous backing from Daniel Levy and the club as the squad has received a complete overhaul.
Eriksen moved to Holland from Odense in Denmark in 2008 at the age of sixteen, joining up with the Ajax Academy. He made his debut for the club in the 2009-10 season making 21 appearances in all competitions. A regular during the next three seasons, he has made 162 appearances, including 4 this year, and scored 32 goals. He made his debut for Denmark in 2010 and has won 36 caps and scored 4 goals. Ajax have finished as Champions for the past three seasons, an honour Eriksen shared with Jan Vertonghen in the first two years.
The arrival of Eriksen along with Vlad Chiriches from Steaua Bucharest and Erik Lamela from Roma in less than twelve hours provides Tottenham with their strongest ever squad in depth. The lack of depth over the past couple of seasons meant that the manager had no capacity for rotation or to rest players in the busy schedule of domestic games and European matches. The three new arrivals are further quality signings to go along with the top players already signed this summer – Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. The three players signed on Friday are reported to be available for the north London derby at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.
If AVB can work these players into a team, then Spurs can look forward to a very exciting season. His difficulty could be keeping so many international players happy ensuring they all get sufficient playing time which will fulfil their ambitions of achieving World Cup football next summer.
In the final days of the transfer window, there may well be further departures from White Hart Lane. The completion of the sale of Gareth Bale is expected to go through soon but others may follow as they see their opportunity for regular involvement in the team reduced – Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Emmanuel Adebayor while some younger players could go out on loan to give them the opportunity to gain League experience.