In the search for a greener pasture, it seems Christian Eriksen has found himself in a desert. In the winter window of 2019/2020 season, Tottenham were forced into a sale of their prized asset when it became obvious he was not going to sign a new deal. With his contract having just 6 months to run, Daniel Levy thought it wise to cash in for a cut price rather than loose the Danish playmaker for absolutely nothing. Inter Milan came calling, Eriksen was excited and Spurs reluctantly signed off on the deal.
Almost a year after that move and Eriksen is not finding life in the Serie A funny. He has been unable to nail down a regular berth in Antonio Conte’s team and in the summer, he was linked with a move back to the Premier League even if it was on loan, Arsenal were mooted a likey destination especially after their botched move for Houssem Aouar.
That deal fell through and the agony of a bench role has even continued this season as he has only 8 appearances in all competitions for the Serie A giants and recently, there was a report of a possible swap between Arsenal and Inter involving Granit Xhaka and Christian Eriksen.
While we were still mulling over that, reports filtering in has it that Inter might not even wait for a swap deal to materialize as they are willing to accept far less than the cut price they paid Spurs in the winter just to see Eriksen out of the Inter door, how desperate they seem to have him off their books.
The challenge is not in convincing Inter to sell but in getting another top club to buy him. While he was at Spurs, he was highly coveted by other local rivals; Manchester United, Chelsea and even Liverpool but all those other clubs have since moved on, beefing up their midfield with other personnels. For Manchester United, they have since acquired Bruno Fernandes and Donny Van der Beek while still holding on to Paul Pogba. Liverpool have added Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich to their ranks. For Chelsea, they have brought in Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, there seems to be no room for Eriksen in the team.
For Spurs, they have since moved on from the sale and have acquired Lo Celso permanently, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg has joined too. Where is the space for their former star boy? The acrimonious manner he left means he is unlikely to enjoy the privileged return their former star, Gareth Bale got.
Fellow North Londoners, Arsenal seem the only probable top Premier League team that might be able to offer him regular first team football. The Gunners currently lack a creative outlet and have been frustrated in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar. A move for Eriksen could be one that ticks many vital boxes; he understands the Premier League, he is not alien to London life, he offers creativity in the final third and definitely available on the cheap when compared with other prime targets.
At 28, Christian Eriksen cannot afford to tarry on the bench as he is at that time in his career when he is expected to be at the peak of his powers, sad that he is unable to show it at Inter. A move to another club where his talent and style of play would be better appreciated should be pursued. A
Wenger once said, “grass is not always greener elsewhere”, for Eriksen he has ran into a desert looking for greener field, he must now find that pasture before his talent dies of drought..