Christian Eriksen has been an integral part of Tottenham Hotspur in recent times and is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League. He helped Spurs to a third-place finish in the Premier League last season as he notched up 10 goals and provided 10 assists.
The Danish International has been at Tottenham since 2013 but with the transfer window up and running, there has been speculation about his future. A report from The Sun has linked him with Real Madrid and it makes sense as Los Blancos are seeking a replacement for Luka Modric.
The fact that he is six years younger than Modric makes him a perfect heir for the Croatian veteran. If Tottenham do plan to sell their midfield starlet, they must not let him go for cheap. In the event that Real Madrid get their way like they usually do, the north Londoners will have to find a replacement for him.
Since they are likely to make a good amount of money by letting him go, they must prioritize a new midfield signing. Here, we shall look at three big signings Spurs should consider if they let Eriksen go.
Dubbed as one of the best passers of the game, Verratti would be a great fit for Spurs as they’ll need someone to be the engine behind their plays – and who better than Verratti to do so? His innate ability to sketch out plays in his head and pull the string behind every movement is a piece of art and an absolute beauty to watch.
The 25-year-old provided 5 assists and 2 goals across competitions for PSG last season. These numbers might not look like much but Verratti plays an important role in the background as he orchestrates the play. He is usually deployed in the centre of the midfield but can also be utilized as a defensive midfielder.
He thrives in a deeper midfield role which helps him supply long balls and the Lilywhites could make good use of that. However, his price tag could be an issue. PSG will command a huge fee but if the North London outfit are able to shell out that money, they must definitely go for it.
Another player who has the potential to replace Eriksen is Thiago Alcantara, who plays for German champions Bayern Munich. His style of play draws close resemblance to that of Andres Iniesta’s.
Usually deployed as the tempo-setter, he loves to sit deep in the midfield and dictate the play. He registered 7 goals and 2 assists last season for the Bavarians and he would be a great replacement for Eriksen.
However, his tryst with injuries could prove to be cumbersome. Thiago constantly spends time out due to injuries and that often hampers his game time. If he can stay fit though, Tottenham would get their money’s worth.
Kovacic is a player of great calibre. He’s very similar to Alcantara in terms of playing style and can play either as an attacking midfielder or in a deeper role. A complete box-to-box player, the Croatian is regarded as one of the brightest talents of the game.
He hasn’t seen much playing time with Real Madrid, so a move to Tottenham could help him play regularly and develop further.