If Tottenham Hotspur manage to keep Christian Eriksen then it should kill off any lingering regret around not signing on Paulo Dybala on deadline day.
Tottenham came so close to bringing in Dybala from Juventus in the summer, in what would have been a marquee transfer move.
Spurs missed out on Dybala at the last minute due to complications over image rights, as the Independent reported, and there was great disappointment around White Hart Lane that the deal didn’t get over the line.
However, if Eriksen now commits his future then Tottenham could benefit from it.
With Dybala signed, it would have been highly unlikely that Spurs still would have had enough funds remaining to offer Eriksen a new deal.
But it seems that Tottenham are planning to do just that, after the Dane’s brilliant display on opening day.
Eriksen came off the substitutes’ bench to help Tottenham to a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa, and he completely transformed the game.
It was an example of just how gracefully destructive Eriksen can be on his day, and how important he remains to Tottenham.
If Tottenham can indeed tie down Eriksen’s future, then it may turn out to be a better option than signing Dybala anyway.
The addition of the Argentine would unquestionably have been eye catching and proved that Tottenham were now able to sign elite players in the transfer window.
Eriksen, though, looks a safer bet for success at Tottenham than Dybala.
No player in the Premier League has created more chances or claimed more assists than Eriksen since he arrived in England in 2013.
The 27-year-old has scored 66 goals and claimed 86 assists in his 278 Tottenham appearances so far, and those numbers are nothing short of incredible.
Even for someone of Dybala’s quality it would have been difficult to repeat those figures.
Dybala was in poor form for Juventus last term, and there is no guarantee he would have hit the ground running at White Hart Lane.
Eriksen, on the other hand, will surely recapture his very best form if Tottenham secure his future and he can focus solely on football again.
And although sorting Eriksen’s future out may not be quite as exciting as bringing in Dybala would have been, it could be just as important.
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