Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino must be thanking his lucky stars that Christian Eriksen has stuck around, following a serious injury to Giovani Lo Celso.
Eriksen was heavily linked with an exit from Spurs over the summer, but no move materialised.
Whether that is best for Tottenham’s financial strength is questionable, as it now means that Eriksen could leave on a free.
But, on the pitch, Tottenham unquestionably benefit from Eriksen sticking around.
Eriksen is Spurs’s most creative player, and with Lo Celso out injured for months now, the 27-year-old’s importance has just increased.
Although Pochettino has never confirmed it, Lo Celso was almost certainly brought to Spurs over the summer to be Eriksen’s long-term replacement.
The pair aren’t exactly like-for-like players but they do possess a lot of similarities.
If Tottenham had proceeded to sell Eriksen, with Lo Celso now sidelined, there would have been a gaping hole in their squad.
The Argentine seems unlikely to be fully match sharp and fit before December time, by which time Spurs will have played nearly half a season.
Tottenham could have already been playing catch up in the Premier League and the Champions League if they had been without a genuine playmaker.
It was not a strategy that Spurs designed to keep Eriksen around for the worst case scenario - it was purely good fortune that no club really stepped up and paid their asking price for him.
But Eriksen staying means that Tottenham don’t have to be overly concerned about Lo Celso’s injury, and Pochettino will surely be more thankful than ever than he can still call upon his Danish creator now.
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