'He was thinking he'd leave' - Exclusive: Defender shares insight on shell-shocked Spurs player
Alan Hutton has slammed Tottenham star Christian Eriksen for his display against Olympiakos and claimed his head is not in the right place.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Spurs defender claimed the Danish playmaker gave the ball away more than any other player during the club’s Champions League clash.
Olympiakos came from two goals down to draw 2-2 and deny Spurs getting their European campaign off to a winning start, with Hutton pointing out Eriksen appears shell-shocked after not getting a summer move.
The defender, who is available as a free agent after leaving Aston Villa in the summer, says that the Dane’s poor display stuck out like a sore thumb.
“Eriksen was poor last night, he probably gave the ball away more than the rest of the team,” Hutton told Football Insider yesterday.
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“I do think so (the summer speculation is getting to him), maybe in his head, he was thinking he’d leave and it never materialised so now it’s really about him getting his head focused. He scored against Arsenal but when you’re that in-and-out it’s difficult and I do believe you have to play as much as possible.
“At the start of the season it does take you four or five games to get to where you want to be, so for him to be in and out, I don’t think he has really reached those heights.
“Everybody expects him to play at a very high level always and I think that’s why it stands out the most, I think he gave the ball away the most out of all the players (v Olympiacos) and that’s so unlike him.”
Eriksen’s future at Spurs is currently up in the air with his contract set to expire in the summer, but Football Insider previously exclusively reported that the midfielder had been offered a new mammoth deal.
The 27-year-old has been at Tottenham since joining from Ajax in 2013 and has racked up 283 appearances for the club during that time.
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