Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has provided his take on how he feels the Lilywhites should deal with the situation of contract rebel Christian Eriksen.
Danish international Eriksen has been on the books of Spurs for over 6 years now, having made the move to the English capital from Dutch giants Ajax in 2013.
And the 27-year-old has since gone on to establish himself not only as one of Tottenham’s key figures, but also as one of the most highly-regarded midfielders in England.
The last 4 Premier League campaigns combined, including last season, saw Eriksen directly contribute to a hugely-impressive 83 goals.
Eriksen’s contract talks
However, despite his crucial role in Spurs’ midfield ranks, and the club’s best efforts, to this point, Eriksen has refused to put pen-to-paper on a new deal in north London.
The 94-time capped international’s current contract is set to expire next summer.
‘Try something new’
As such, Eriksen’s contract standoff inevitably saw rumours mount that the Dane was set for a departure from the English capital this past summer.
Eriksen himself did little to play down the speculation surrounding his future back in June, when the midfielder admitted that he was keen on seeking out a new challenge.
‘I feel that I am at a stage of my career where I would like to try something new. I have the deepest respect for everything that is happening at Tottenham and it would not be something negative to stay. But I have also said that I would like to try something new.’
‘I hope that something will be decided this summer. That is the plan. In football you never know when there could be a decision like that. It could be at any point. The best thing is always for it to happen quickly but in football things take time.’
‘Looking to play someone else’
In the end, however, none of the multiple outfits touted as potential destinations for the Spurs man opted to make a concrete move for his signature.
As such, Eriksen was forced to stay put.
The early months of the new season, though, have seen the 27-year-old often singled out for heavy criticism.
Many feel as though Eriksen is no longer giving his all for the Tottenham jersey, in anticipation of an imminent departure next year.
And one individual who is of the opinion that, based on his displays of late, Eriksen should be dropped and subsequently moved on in January if possible, is Harry Redknapp.
Speaking in an interview with The Sun, the former Spurs boss explained:
‘I don’t see him signing a new contract now. I think he will let it run out and take that option of being a free agent next summer.’
‘So if he doesn’t want to stay and has made up his mind to go, I’d be looking to play someone else now.’
‘If he doesn’t want to be part of the team, it’s very difficult — you want people who want to play for the club — and it’s time to say right, OK.’
‘He’s a great player, no doubt. He’s a fantastic footballer, but his form of late has been poor.’
‘He’s not in form and wants to leave at the end of the year — he’s stated quite plainly he is keen to go, even though Tottenham must have offered him a new contract.’
‘You get to January and see if you can sell him then.’