Man City vs Tottenham
Next Saturday night in the Premier League, Tottenham head to the Etihad Stadium to face Man City.
Will Tottenham hand City an early blow in their hopes of defending their title?
Or, will City build on their 5-0 win at West Ham in week one by beating Spurs too?
Christian Eriksen set to start vs Man City
As for Spurs, they opened their season with a 3-1 home win over Aston Villa.
However, Tottenham had to come from behind, after a John McGinn 9th minute-opener.
A goal from Tanguy Ndombele and a brace from Harry Kane turned the scoreline in the second-half.
Key to Tottenham’s turnaround was Christian Eriksen; his second half introduction sparked Spurs into their superb fightback.
Writing in The Athletic, Jack Pitt-Brooke looked at the numbers behind Eriksen’s performance vs Aston Villa:
Sometimes in football the obvious explanation is the right one.
Without Eriksen, Spurs were poor and were losing the game. They had 12 shots over 64 minutes and scored none.
With him they were excellent and they won. They had 19 shots over 26 minutes and scored three.
Christian Eriksen’s contract is ticking down but Spurs are as dependent on him as ever before. My piece: https://t.co/B9KcZELQSI
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) August 12, 2019
According to the Times on Monday, Eriksen should be in the Tottenham XI vs Man City:
Eriksen would seem likely to start against Manchester City on Saturday as Son Heung-min will complete a suspension and Dele Alli is a doubt with a hamstring injury.
Against Villa, Mauricio Pochettino started the match with Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela.
Will Christian Eriksen leave Tottenham this summer?
Eriksen, of course, appears to be in transfer limbo.
The Danish international revealed at the start of the summer that he’s open to a new challenge.
On a possible exit from Spurs this summer, the Times today report:
Eriksen has been linked with Juventus and the Italian transfer window closes on Sunday.
He appears to want to move to Spain and their window ends on September 2.
Real Madrid are the club who interest him the most but they seem to favour Donny van de Beek, of Ajax, and may not want to pay the £50 million fee that Spurs would probably demand.
Could Eriksen sign a new Spurs contract?
Eriksen’s current deal at Tottenham expires at the end of this season.
Accordingly, in less than twelve months time, Eriksen could leave Tottenham as a free agent.
On whether Spurs could agree a new deal with the midfielder, the Times aren’t confident that will happen:
Tottenham have not given up on the idea of Eriksen signing a new contract, worth more than his present wage of £90,000 a week, although that is unlikely.
For the record, Jack Pitt-Brooke also agrees that Eriksen is unlikely to pen a new deal in north London:
The chances of him agreeing a new Spurs contract are small and getting smaller.
The closer he gets to free agency the more money he can demand, and Tottenham do not want to break their wage structure to give him a one last payday megadeal.
Jan Vertonghen unhappy after Aston Villa
Another big Tottenham talking-point after the Aston Villa game was Pochettino’s decision to omit Jan Vertonghen from his matchday squad.
The Times have confirmed that “Jan Vertonghen was not happy at being omitted from the squad for tactical reasons.”
Times reporter Gary Jacob also contrasted Vertonghen’s standing at Spurs to Toby Alderweireld’s:
The two Belgium defenders each have a year left on their contract.
Alderweireld, 30, is eyeing a free transfer but Vertonghen, 32, wants a new deal that has not yet been offered.