Alan Hutton has been left baffled as to why Tottenham would consider re-signing Christian Eriksen from Inter Milan.
The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, has questioned where the 28-year-old would fit into Jose Mourinho’s side and if he would be able to hit his previous heights with the Lilywhites.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano stated the Danish playmaker would be keen on a return to north London but that Inter would demand a loan fee, as well as his wages paying, to sanction a temporary move.
It is said Tottenham are likely to try and strike a deal before the end of the January window but that other Premier League clubs are also sniffing around the 28-year-old.
Eriksen cost the Italian giants £17.7million (€20million) last summer but he has struggled to rediscover his best form at the San Siro.
Hutton has admitted that while he thought Gareth Bale’s return to Tottenham would be a masterstroke, he has been left scratching his head over Eriksen.
Asked if he thought bringing the attacking midfielder back would be a good move, Hutton told Football Insider: “I’m not sure, you know. When Gareth Bale came back I was straight on it, this is brilliant, but I’m always one for saying it’s not necessarily a good thing to go back, especially so soon.
“I mean if there’s a long time in between it, then possibly, but I mean he’s only been away a short period of time and I’m unsure at the moment.
“He’s had a difficult time at Inter Milan, is he going to come back and fix everything? I think Ndombele’s kind of stepping up now, he’s playing well, is Eriksen even going to come back and play? I’m not so sure.
“So I think there’s a whole lot of questions within that one question that I’m not too sure about at the moment and I think it’s a bit of a risk.”
Eriksen played 305 times, scored 69 goals and chipped in with 89 assists during his time at Tottenham.
However, he has started just six times for Inter Milan this season and has a total of 40 appearances under his belt for the Italians.