4. Christian Eriksen
Christian Erisken was, before his Tottenham tenure turned rocky, beloved by supporters and players alike. He shot himself in the foot by making his desire to leave Tottenham public knowledge. Although Harry Kane has just done the same thing, so it is possible that all of us were being too hard on the dashing Dane. Either that or we’re letting the legendary Kane off the hook for conducting himself in a similar manner.
Eriksen contributed more in his seven years at Tottenham than most players who’ve ever donned the Lilywhite.
The demure Dane scored 51 goals and added an astonishing 67 helpers in 305 Premier League appearances. While his numbers speak volumes, they don’t offer insight as to how invaluable Eriksen was at the heart of midfield when Tottenham were at the apex of their power, challenging for Premier League titles.
Many of his goals and assists came at crucial periods of matches, oftentimes his last-gasp contributions responsible for turning a loss or draw into a win.
He endured an anticlimactic end to his Tottenham tenure, thanks in large part to his desire to jettison. But make no mistake, Eriksen’s departure left a behemoth void in the centre of the park, one Spurs are still trying to adequately fill.
Like so many other former Tottenham players, Eriksen tasted immediate success upon leaving Hotspur Way. He won the Scudetto with Inter Milan and Antonio Conte just a few weeks ago, in his first full year away from north London. Devastating, but not surprising.