Tottenham Transfer Rumors: Ajax's Eriksen a Perfect Fit for White Hart Lane

Ernesto Malave@@MalaveFCCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2013

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 19:  Christian Eriksen of Ajax in action during the  Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and SC Heerenveen at Amsterdam Arena on April 19, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Christian Eriksen would welcome a move to Tottenham Hotspur, according to this report from The Guardian.

Eriksen describes Jan Vertonghen as a motivating factor—the two were teammates at Ajax—and would welcome a move away from Ajax should an offer arise.

Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas would do well to consider a move for the playmaker, regardless of Gareth Bale's status.

Eriksen is a fine young No. 10 whose league display—10 goals and 17 assists—puts him among Europe's elite.

No player in the EPL notched as many assists, and few can claim double digit figures in both goals and assists. He's still only 21, by the way.

Tottenham's lack of a pure playmaker puts them at a severe disadvantage relative to other top four clubs.

The competition can field some of the best passers alive—namely Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla, Shinji Kagawa and David Silva. That all four Champions League clubs boast at least one superstar playmaker is no accident.

No other major clubs rely so heavily on one player for both goals and assists, while Bale led his club in both. And yet, Tottenham were only barely kept out of the Champions League.

Spurs could use a stronger back line, but the same could be said for Arsenal. In reality, a proper No. 10 is all that separates Tottenham's squad from those of the EPL's would-be champions.

And while Eriksen is every bit a No. 10, he is one with a fantastic shooting touch.

He's the kind of No. 10 that makes a good False 9, so much so that Ajax Manager Frank de Boer saw fit to deploy Eriksen as the team's sole forward during both legs of their Champions League tie against EPL title contenders Manchester City.

Given a great deal of space by City's defense, Eriksen put in career performances on the largest of stages.

Ajax's offense ran through Eriksen, who notched an assist during the 2-2 draw and two goals during their 3-1 win.

AVB and the ownership have made it clear that Tottenham possess the highest of ambition, and it is clear that they understand positional versatility—which multiplies a player's value in terms of squad depth—is essential to long term success. 

Their transfer dealings this summer have proven as much—Paulinho is the walking archetype of the all-round midfielder and defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue moonlights as a central defender—which is why a move for Eriksen makes sense.

All the ambition in the world won't get them what they desire if they still lack a fundamental component of success: A No. 10.

In Eriksen, they get one better: A No. 10 that doubles as a true goal scoring threat.

Make the call, Mr. Levy.

 

 

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