Paul Merson suggested that Tottenham will struggle to finish inside the top four if they lose Christian Eriksen before the end of the month, when speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate programme last night, and some Spurs fans took to Twitter in response to his comments.
Eriksen's contract with Tottenham expires in the summer of 2020, and he has been heavily linked with an exit from north London this summer.
He remains a vitally important player for Spurs, however, and he proved his worth on Saturday, when he came on as a second-half substitute and subsequently changed the game for Mauricio Pochettino's side.
And Merson highlighted just how important the Denmark international is to Tottenham, when speaking on Sky Sports' The Debate programme last night:
"I'd go as far as to say that if he went before the transfer window shuts, I'd be surprised if they got into the top four. I watched them against Aston Villa and they'd run out of ideas. There was nothing really happening for them. Harry Kane wasn't getting any service as Villa kept things compact. Eriksen came on and it was a completely different last 25 minutes. He put the ball through the eye of a needle, he played little one-twos and he has vision."
The problem for Spurs, however, is that they will be desperate not to lose Eriksen for nothing next year, so if they receive a substantial offer for his services from a foreign club before the end of the month, it might just make sense to move him on, certainly from a business perspective.
And following Merson's comments on Eriksen, some Tottenham fans took to Twitter, criticising the ex-Arsenal man for his remarks...
El retardo strikes again— ilhw (was thedeadlygoose) (@_dripdripp) August 12, 2019
He's incompetent— TANGUY (@burks_eric) August 12, 2019
The guy needs putting out of his misery he's a buffoon— Steven Roche (@StevenRoche2) August 13, 2019
Merson said we won't get top 4 if Eriksen left and was heavily involved in all three goals. Okay Ndombele Lucas assist, Kane lamela, Kane sissoko. Yeah heavy influence.— Coys82 (@spursis4life) August 13, 2019
Merson’s head’s gone— Stephen George Lott (@stephenlott) August 13, 2019
Just watched @PaulMerse and Jamie redknapp repeat the exact same pish on sky news how spurs had run out of ideas until eriksen came on.forgetting son deli and le celso all weren't playing. Jesus sky agenda against spurs is shocking. Merson spurs wouldn't get top 4 without CE— FergieTHFC (@FergieThfc) August 13, 2019
Now that he’s said it, if Eriksen does go we will win the league.— Manny (@Mannythfc) August 13, 2019
Would hate to see Tottenham Do well wouldn't you Mersey— Steve Flannery (@Flannery350) August 13, 2019
That's why we sign lo celso— Aditya Kanungo (@adityakanungo1) August 13, 2019
Think he is forgetting that lo celso has been signed to be a creative spark.— Liam Granger (@liamgranger92) August 13, 2019
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