Spurs are facing a dilemma over the Danish playmaker but he is not likely to sulk even if he stays so they need to make the most of the situation and plan ahead
Aston Villa ought to feel flattered. Following Christian Eriksen’s match-winning cameo from the substitutes’ bench against the newly-promoted side on Saturday a list of pundits from Jamie Redknapp to Pascal Chimbonda have warned Tottenham that if they lose the influential midfielder this season that elusive first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino may never come about.
Pochettino himself has spoken of his frustration at the English transfer window closing while a player such as Eriksen is still available for the next couple of weeks should Real Madrid renew their interest, and in support of their manager’s position Tottenham are understood to be willing to double the Dane’s wages if he will sign a new contract worth a reported £200,000 per week. It is unlikely to have taken a second-half intervention against a tiring Villa side to alert Spurs to the value of Eriksen; the club are only too aware that he is now entering the final year of his contract and could talk to potential suitors about leaving on a free as early as January.