Christian Eriksen is looking to quit Tottenham and sign a January pre-contract with an overseas club.
That is the verdict of ex-Coventry City and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Denmark international’s wretched form.
Whelan is convinced Eriksen, 27, has one eye on quitting Tottenham as he looks to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The playmaker’s contract expires next June but he is free to pen a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club from 1 January.
“You can see he’s already looking at the exit,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Who can blame him? He wanted to leave in the summer but a deal couldn’t be agreed, and he knows he can earn more at a club more capable of winning trophies.
“He’s in a strong negotiating position as he can command a huge salary on a free transfer, way beyond what Tottenham will be able to pay him.
“Eriksen has been a brilliant player for Tottenham, and, along with Harry Kane, has been the first name on the teamsheet up until now.
“Sometimes when a player definitely wants to leave a club, you may as well let them. Maybe Tottenham didn’t get the offer they wanted in the summer, but Eriksen has never played this bad before.”
Many critics and fans claimed Eriksen had his worst-ever game for Tottenham in last Wednesday’s Champions League draw at Olympiakos and he was dropped to the bench for the weekend defeat at Leicester City, the third time he’s been dropped from the starting XI this season.
The Dane then missed a penalty in last night’s calamitous League Cup defeat to Colchester United.