Christian Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, has questioned the nature of the criticism aimed at the Dane by national team coach Morton Olsen.
Olsen blamed Eriksen’s lack of development at Tottenham Hotspur as one of the main reasons Denmark fell to a 1-0 defeat against Portugal earlier this week.
However, Schoots has suggested that Olsen has a stress problem because his criticism doesn’t make sense for a very simple reason.
“I was very surprised that he took Christian Eriksen out at all. I had absolutely no impression that he played poorly. But the most surprising was the coach's comments afterwards,” Schoots told BT.
“They (people from England) have asked me whether there was anything bad, but I assured them; it's probably just a matter that the coach has a little problem with his stress management. The most strange is that he blames a player for the defeat who was not even on the field (when Portugal scored).”
It’s a fair point because had Cristiano Ronaldo not scored in the 95th minute of the game then the context of the result would have completely changed. Denmark would have likely been praised for a hard earned draw against one of the best teams in Europe.
Eriksen has not been at his best at Tottenham so far this season but it’s worth bearing in mind that he’s played under three different managers over the last 12 months.
He was effective in terms of being a creative force in Tottenham’s midfield last season and he’s had to contend with extra efforts this season from opponents using tactics designed to mute his influence in big games.
Add to the mix the fact he’s been played in the number ten role as well as out on the left hand side during his time at Tottenham and it’s easy to see where his apparent lack of development can stem from.
“I get many reactions especially from the UK, where they do not understand any of it. Especially the comments from the coach on the so-called 'lack of development'. They are very happy for what Christian showed last season.”
There’s not a problem and Eriksen stands a great chance of dealing with any problems he faces at Tottenham over the rest of the season and he will find ways to be effective at key times for the club.