Serie A sporting director shares why Eriksen has struggled since Tottenham exit

Sam Preston November 12, 2020
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Christian Eriksen left Tottenham for Inter Milan during the January transfer window after a protracted transfer saga.

It hasn’t quite worked out as planned with the Dane netting just one Serie A goal so far.

That has led to tentative rumours of a return to Spurs in 2021 by TMW and Calcio Mercato mooted the possibility of a swap which sees Dele Alli or Danny Rose go the other way.

TMW ran an interview with Brescia sporting director Giorgio Perinetti, where he gave his thoughts on why Eriksen has struggled since leaving Spurs.

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“He has important qualities, but he can’t express them,” he said of Eriksen. I don’t know if it’s the championship, or Inter, but everyone expected to have found the classic playmaker, to play and to be inspired by.

“But he’s not like that; he has good technique, speed of thought and is dangerous in the middle. I’ll say another thing; it’s something different from what the collective imagination believed.

“He could also become a central midfielder, even if he doesn’t have the skills of a playmaker, but maybe he’s not ready to get up and down so much. Here he lives in limbo.”

Eriksen got 45 minutes on international duty last night, playing the first half of Denmark’s 2-0 friendly win over Sweden.

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Would Tottenham take Eriksen back? It’s by no means guaranteed, given Jose Mourinho has a host of attacking options at his disposal now.

It also remains to be seen how the Portuguese would react to re-signing a player who was so set on leaving just a year ago, complicating his rebuilding plans while his future remained unresolved.

Eriksen’s form had tailed off by the end of his Spurs career and he hasn’t been able to pick it up in Italy.

Could Mourinho turn him into the central midfielder Perinetti mentions? He generally prefers more physical players in the engine room, and Spurs have moved on without him.