The signing of Christian Eriksen on January’s transfer deadline day was nothing short of a master stroke. Prior to reappearing on our screens earlier in the year, the last thing football fans remember of the Danish Miracle Man was the terrifying cardiac arrest he suffered in Copenhagen’s Parken stadium during Euro 2020. Fast forward 12 months and the Denmark international has left any bad memories firmly in the rearview mirror. His form since signing for Brentford has been scintillating. He galvanised the West London club from a team that looked primed for a battle to avoid the drop – winning just six games all season – to a side that won seven in ten since his debut, comfortably avoiding relegation by an 11 point margin. Oddschecker, who compare offers and free tips on Premier League football, have predicted that the attacking midfielder will still be in London when August rolls around. The question is, what colours will he be wearing?
Bees fans didn’t truly know what to expect when the signing of Eriksen was announced. Everyone knew what he was capable of. His seven-year spell at Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that for us, where the 30-year-old made over 300 appearances, scored 69 goals and provided 90 assists, even helping the club to their first-ever UEFA Champions League final in the process. Admittedly, his two years at Inter Milan left a lot to be desired. Add to that a life-threatening injury, and the jury was certainly out on whether the former Ajax man still had something to offer. A goal, four assists and 11 orchestrating masterclasses have proven that he still has plenty left in the tank.
That uncertainty manifested itself in the six-month contract offered by manager and fellow Dane, Thomas Frank. Brentford’s manager must be kicking himself that he didn’t tie down the playmaker to a longer deal. To be fair to him, neither Frank nor the footballing public knew just how good Christian Eriksen would prove himself to be. The club have now offered a new bumper long term deal to the midfield maestro. However, it may be too late.
The lure of a return to Spurs – a club where Eriksen enjoyed his greatest years – may be just too much for him to resist. Champions League football is returning to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium next season, and that, as well as more money, maybe just too much for Brentford to compete with.