Christian Eriksen was one of the best players in the Premier League at the weekend as he was key in Tottenham Hotspur’s comeback victory over Hull City away from home.
The Denmark international playmaker was the architect of the first goal and himself scored the second, as Spurs came from a goal down to win 2-1 at the KC Stadium.
Eriksen is one of the most promising young players in Europe, and his heroics against Hull did not take long to reach Spain, where Barcelona-based sports daily Sport included him in their European Team of the Week, according to Sport Witness.
The former Ajax star has been included in a four-man midfield between Juventus’s Paul Pogba and Bayern Munich’s 2014 World Cup winner Mario Gotze; Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi is the other man in the middle of the park.
This is a huge recognition for Eriksen, who at 22 is one of the most experienced players in the Tottenham squad following his exploits for Ajax and Denmark over the years.
But this 'recognition' from Sport is not necessarily something positive in the long run.
Sport are notoriously pro-Barcelona and have often thrown out names for the club to sign. They do not ‘control’ or ‘influence’ the Catalan club’s officials, but they certainly sway the opinion of the fans.
Barcelona are currently banned from signing players, but they would be able to recruit from January 2016.
At the moment, the former European champions do not need Eriksen as they have enough creative players in the squad, but things could change over the next year or so.
If Eriksen continues to perform the way he did against Hull, then he is certainly going to attract interest from a whole host of clubs.
If the Dane becomes the ‘next big thing’ next summer, then one can expect top clubs eyeing him, and it will not be easy for Tottenham to hold on to their prized asset.
As big a club Tottenham are and as much money as they have, interest from the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid would be too much to resist for Eriksen down the line.
But if Eriksen plays well and Tottenham find themselves in the Champions League, then it will be a bit easier for the North London club to fend off interest, at least next summer.
No one is claiming that Eriksen will leave anytime soon, but past experiences with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale suggest that the playmaker’s impressive performances may not necessarily be good for Tottenham…in the long run.