Tottenham Transfer News: Christian Eriksen Will Be Worth the Effort for Spurs
New Tottenham signing Christian Eriksen has told Danish newspaper BT, per Ian Capasso of Goal.com, it was the effort Spurs put into securing his signature that persuaded him to join the White Hart Lane outfit.
Eriksen, 21, has long been on the radar of many of the Premier League's top sides, having broken into the Denmark side ahead of the 2010 World Cup at the age of 18.
In recent times, speculation had quietened regarding a move to the Premier League, and Eriksen admits there were not many offers on the table. However, the young playmaker insists it was Spurs' effort to secure his signature that eventually prompted him to decide to move on from Ajax.
Capasso provides the quotes:
There were not that many clubs to choose from in the end and no-one were closer than Tottenham. There were a lot of rumours but I only felt right about the approach from Tottenham. The club followed me for a long time and really showed intent.
It was the whole package that attracted me. I spoke briefly with the manager and my impression is that he is a very good manager. The goal is to challenge for the title. That is what the club wants and that is what I want.
The lack of interest in Eriksen is interesting, considering the Dane's tremendous impact in the Eredivisie over recent seasons. According to Eurosport, Eriksen scored 10 goals and added 17 assists last year, while in just four games this campaign, he has already scored twice and assisted on three occasions, according to WhoScored.
In terms of simple numbers, they are fantastic figures and should have seen Eriksen inundated with offers this summer. However, for whatever reason, those who have been linked for a number of years decided against pursuing his capture.
According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Eriksen's father revealed in 2011 that the youngster undertook two trials with Chelsea, only for the Blues to decide he was "too weak." Others, it seems, were also not convinced.
As the hub of the Ajax attack, though, he has excelled. And while the Eredivisie is not the strongest league around, at £11.5 million, he is surely worth a gamble.
Tottenham have spent considerable amounts of money on more physical central midfielders this summer, but the one thing still missing was a spark of creativity.
Spurs did very well to sign Christian Eriksen - believe that Manchester United made a late move for him.— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) August 31, 2013
In late moves for Eriksen and Argentine winger Erik Lamela, that deficiency should have been addressed in fine style, while also accommodating for the world-record departure of Gareth Bale.
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Having also spent £30 million on Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, Tottenham needed to ensure he would be provided opportunities to find the net—he hasn't received as much service as he may have liked in the opening games of the season.
Eriksen will provide that spark and, if he can settle in England, will become a highly influential player to Andre Villas-Boas' side. Last season, Spurs had nobody who could unlock defences in a similar manner.
Other sides may not have taken a gamble on him, but Spurs have shown considerable faith in Eriksen's ability. It was this belief that ultimately earned his signature, and in turn, it has seen them land one of the bargains of the summer.
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