Tottenham Transfer News: Christian Eriksen Is Best Signing of Summer for Spurs
Just when you thought Tottenham's transfer business couldn't have gotten any better, they go and sign Christian Eriksen.
The club confirmed the move on their official Twitter account:
The Telegraph reported the fee to be £11 million:
Tottenham have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen from Ajax for a fee believed to be £11m— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) August 30, 2013
You can't find fault with anything that Spurs have done in the transfer market. They've planned for Gareth Bale's departure and chosen to be more proactive with their purchases rather than reactive. As a result, they've gotten very good players for what are reasonable fees.
Out of all those moves, it's the Eriksen transfer where you have to applaud what Daniel Levy has done.
There isn't another young midfielder who's more tailor-made for success. Pretty much since birth, Eriksen's talent on the pitch has been there for all to see.
Jim Holden wrote a great profile of the 21-year-old midfielder in the June 2013 issue of World Soccer.
In that profile, Holden recounts how Eriksen went to youth training for Danish club Middelfart when he was two years old and played with kids three times his age. At 14 years old, the midfielder had trials with Barcelona, Chelsea and Milan. He chose Ajax instead, because of their track record of developing Danish players.
In an interview with Stuart James of The Guardian, Eriksen talked about how he turned down a move to Manchester City in the summer of 2011, because he felt he wouldn't get regular first-team football.
Time and again, Eriksen has done what is best for his career. And now moving to Spurs is that next logical step.
After the 2012 European Championship, his stock was at its nadir, following disappointing performances for Denmark and an exit in the group stage. He then followed that up with an underwhelming start to the Eredivisie season, leading many to wonder if this was just another overhyped youngster.
Then right around midseason, Eriksen once again hit his stride and demonstrated why he's one of the most gifted young midfielders in the world.
According to OptaJoe, no player created more chances than Eriksen.
138 - Christian Eriksen created more chances than any other player in the Dutch Eredivisie last season (138). Schemer.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 28, 2013
He finished the season with 10 goals and 17 assists in 33 Eredivisie appearances and was one of the biggest reasons Ajax was able to overtake PSV and win their third league title in a row.
You could see Eriksen was starting to get a bit complacent in Holland. He had accomplished everything he could, and his career was beginning to stagnate. Now that he's in the Premier League with a club like Spurs, you'll see Eriksen continue fulfilling his massive potential.
Where will Spurs finish the season?
One of the issues with Tottenham's first two Premier League matches is that they've dominated possession, yet have not been able to unlock the defence. Moussa Dembele, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have controlled the midfield, but when it came to getting it up to Roberto Soldado, that final link was missing.
Eriksen can immediately be that link. He's at his best playing in a CAM role. Andre Villas-Boas can either deploy him as a facilitator/playmaker, or he could use him as more of a goalscoring threat who will look to make attacking runs from midfield.
What makes this transfer even better is the relatively meager fee. This is one of the best young players in the world, and Spurs got him for about £11 million. It's a great bargain and leaves a lot of wiggle room for Tottenham if they choose to sell him on down the line.
If this is Spurs' last piece of business before September 2, then they made sure to go out with a bang.
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