'Huge' - Exclusive: Paul Robinson suggests Spurs star may have head turned by boardroom talks
Paul Robinson has suggested that talks between Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy could result in the club turning Christian Eriksen’s head with the promise of success at Tottenham.
The former Spurs and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Portuguese manager’s proven record of winning trophies might convince the Danish maestro to remain in north London after publicly admitting he was looking to leave over the summer.
Eriksen has come under heavy fire for his performances at Spurs this season, many fans and pundits suggesting his contract situation, with a deal that runs out next summer, has distracted him.
Robinson says that the attacking midfielder can be a major part of Mourinho’s squad moving forward and that the promise of transfer investment in the hunt for silverware could change the player’s mind.
Robinson told Football Insider: “Whether Christian Eriksen turns around and says: ‘I’d like to work with Jose’, or whether he doesn’t, it all depends on what his ambitions are. A fit, focused, fully committed Christian Eriksen is a huge asset.
“If Jose can get that, get him to sign a new contract and build a team around him, he can be an asset, or get money for him and allow Jose to spend it. Without a shadow of a doubt, he’s a steely little individual, he wins trophies. He’s been solid all the time with hard style football.
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“Whether he can build a relationship with Christian Eriksen where he buys into that and he can see the potential of winning trophies at Tottenham.
“Daniel’s maybe giving him funds in January so Mourinho’s able to turn round to Eriksen and go: ‘Look, I’ve got X amount of pounds, this is what we’re doing, give me two seasons.’ That could be something that a conversation’s gone on, or they might be so far down the line that he’s irretrievable. Time will tell.”
Eriksen has a total of 291 appearances under his belt for the Lilywhites since joining from Ajax, although he has started just seven of the club’s 12 Premier League matches this season.