Christian Eriksen has said that he is content to stay at Tottenham next season even without Champions League football.
While other players are less forthcoming on their future plans, Eriksen following his starring role in Tottenham’s win over Sunderland was happy to make it clear that he has no plans to leave Spurs in the close season. Eriksen, one of the 7 new signings at White Hart Lane last summer, Spurs are finally seeing the best of their Danish international midfielder.
Against Sunderland, Eriksen scored the third goal, having already assisted in the creation of the opening goals with crosses from the left setting up Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane. That brought Eriksen’s contribution to Tottenham’s season to 9 goals, 8 assists in 31 appearances (24 starts and 7 substitute appearances).Christian Eriksen made an immediate impact in his first game against Norwich but after a number of promising displays, he found it more difficult to cope with the pace and intensity of Premier League football as Andre Villas-Boas’ team struggled to breakdown well-organised defensive teams, especially at White Hart Lane. Injury while playing for Denmark kept him out and it took some time for him to regain fitness but he returned to the team under Tim Sherwood and has been a pivotal player in recent weeks. His two goals against Southampton turned the game around as Spurs were facing at another uncomfortable defeat. Even in some of the poorer team performances, Eriksen has been the one shining light.
Speaking in an interview with the The Mirror, Eriksen said,
I’m happy here and I am looking forward to the future. For me, the feeling I have at the club isn’t dependent on being in the Champions League.
With five games to the end of the season and looking forward to next season, he commented
Our aim now is to win all our matches so that we end the season with some confidence ahead of next year and if we do that, we can see where it takes us in the table.
Tim Sherwood who is expected to lose the manager’s post at Tottenham in the summer, commented on Eriksen. The Mirror reported, Sherwood saying,
He is a quiet lad. He gets on with it. But he affects the game. He scores and he assists. That’s what you want from your attacking players. It doesn’t just happen like that. He trains really well. You have to drag him off the training field every day and he is still a kid.
Sherwood, in spite of his own situation was positive about Eriksen’s future at Spurs,
He will get better. But he will only get better because he wants to. I’m delighted for him. He’s a really good lad and you’re never going to see him on the front pages. That’s for sure.
Will Others Follow Suit?
It’s a great encouragement for Spurs supporters to hear a player talking so positively about his future at the club. Over the past few seasons the summer has been spent wondering whether ‘star’ players would be staying or leaving White Hart Lane. In the past two season Luka Modric, Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale have left and there is speculation over the futures of Jan Vertonghen and Hugo Lloris. Perhaps, they will follow the example of Eriksen.