'Wouldn't Touch Him With A Bargepole' - Pundit fumes at Sky's Tottenham transfer update
Christian Eriksen would be a “lucky boy” if Tottenham chose to re-sign him before the end of the January window.
That is according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, blasted the way the “dangerous” 28-year-old left north London under a cloud last season.
Sky Sports journalist and transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims Eriksen would jump at the chance to return to Spurs and that the Lilywhites are likely to push for a loan deal before the January window slams shut.
It is said Inter Milan want Tottenham to pay a loan fee and cover the Denmark international’s wages if they are to re-sign him.
Eriksen has struggled for form in Italy, with just four goals, three assists and 40 appearances under his belt since swapping the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the San Siro.
Whelan believes the lack of effort the Danish star showed in the months leading up to his exit should be enough to dissuade Spurs from welcoming him back to north London this month.
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“We just need to look at the cloud he left behind him and the way he played and what he gave Tottenham during the remaining time that he had there, which was nothing,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“He played at 60 per cent, because he didn’t want to get injured, he wasn’t the same player, he wanted out of the football club – he was a great servant and a fantastic player but you’ve got to look at the way he acted before he left.
“That is a danger to me. I wouldn’t be going anywhere near it, same as Arnautovic at West Ham – you can’t be having players like that, that didn’t put enough in while they were wearing the shirt because he wanted out of the football club.
“Now to me, if he comes back, he’s a very lucky boy, because he’s not been setting any fires while he’s been abroad. I wouldn’t touch him with a bargepole, no matter how good he is.
“I think when you leave and you show your character and the person you are, it’s disrespectful to the club and to the players that you’re playing with.”