Christian Eriksen indicates importance of Europa League to Tottenham

Christian Eriksen

Tottenham fans might be keen to see their club miss out on the Europa League, but Eriksen believes there is a key reason to secure qualification.

Speaking to the London Evening Standard, Eriksen has highlighted the importance of Spurs qualificaynng for the Europa League, with European football needed to entice the best players to White Hart Lane.

The Danish playmaker said: “Is it a factor when the club are trying to sign players? I think so. It certainly was for me when I moved from Ajax two years ago.

“I always want to play in Europe, to be seen on that stage or in the Premier League. It was a big chance and for me it was a nice thing when I came to Tottenham.”

It is true that European football is a good way to entice the best players to your club, although that is often seen in relation to the Champions League, rather than the Europe League.

The secondary competition, seen as something of an inconvenience to the English crowd, is often put down as a reason for Tottenham’s struggles in domestic competitions. They are always forced to play on Thursday nights, and then on Sundays, and the Premier League are rather against the moving of games to help their sides.

However, Eriksen has admitted that he moved to Spurs in the knowledge they would be in the Europa League, and coming from Ajax he was departing Champions League football for the lesser tournament.

The Premier League itself is a big draw for many players, but the prospect of European football can draw the elite.

For Spurs, it still looks like they will struggle for Champions League qualification whilst taking part in the Europa League, and whilst Eriksen may be targeting it to secure the best players, it can only increase the difficulty of their search for Europe’s premier competition.

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