'He wants to go' - Exclusive: Pundit makes Spurs star claim as 'Pochettino problems mount'
Christian Eriksen wants to quit Tottenham before the transfer window cut-off next Monday, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker claimed it’s clear the playmaker is eyeing the exit door ahead of the main European windows shutting.
Eriksen has been on the bench for two of Tottenham’s three Premier League matches this season after extensive speculation this summer over his future.
The Denmark international, 27, is out of contract at the end of the season and Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he is unsure if the player will remain at the club beyond next week.
“He wants to go, it’s obvious,” Whelan told Football Insider. “If he was happy and doing everything Pochettino wanted in training and his attitude was spot-on, he’d be in the team. No doubt about that.
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“You don’t drop a fit Christian Eriksen from the side unless there’s a very good reason. Pochettino knows him inside out, has worked with him for five years and will feel the player’s commitment and attitude isn’t quite right.
“If it was right, of course he’d be in the side, whether Real Madrid or Juventus are bidding for him or not. Eriksen has taken his eye off the ball and, for Pochettino, the problems mount.
“Spurs have had a decent window, but there is no alternative to Eriksen and it will become a bad one if he leaves.”
Eriksen was a second half substitute in the opening-day win over Aston Villa before returning to the side to play the full 90 minutes against Manchester City in a thrilling 2-2 draw.
He then surprisingly dropped to the bench again for last weekend’s 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle United, coming on for the last 28 minutes.