After six months of waiting, an entire mill of rumours and numerous tweets, articles and morning-long debates (we’re looking at you, Sky Sports News ‘Transfer Talk’), Christian Eriksen has finally got his move.
It’s perhaps not the move he was after, with the Great Dane rocking up at Antonio Conte’s Premier League tribute act at Inter Milan, instead of one of Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Much has been made of the spread Spurs received for the playmaker too, with the reported fee said to be around £16.9m.
On the one hand, it’s an absolute miracle that Daniel Levy managed to get something out of Inter for the midfielder, considering he would’ve cost them diddly squit in six months time.
But Eriksen is widely considered one of the finest midfielders around and has been a legitimate star of the Premier League in recent years, so in theory – if his contract wasn’t in it’s last dregs – he should’ve departed for much more.
Eriksen will be remembered fondly.
He was a creator, with no other player recording more assists than Eriksen since the start of the Premier League 2013/14 season with 62, two ahead of Kevin De Bruyne.
His ability to create goals and goal-scoring chances was especially exemplified by his excellent ability from set-pieces, and that extends to his goal-scoring ability too.
He netted 51 times in the Prem overall, with eight of those goals scored directly from free-kicks. In fact, he was the all-round expert of the long-ranger, scoring 23 times from outside the box – including free-kicks – which is five more than any other player during his time in England.
All of this, of course, made Eriksen an absolute must-have for Dream Team fans.
Over the last few years, Eriksen has been one of the most popular players on our game, and one of the most consistent.
He was front and centre of our fantasy football team of the season at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, when we wrote “his form in 2017 was nothing short of sensational”, binding up just behind Eden Hazard in terms of points scored, with a single point separating them; 252 points to 251.
The following season he tallied 220 points, not quite enough to land him into the top 10 but still putting him among the best midfielders on our game.
The thing with Eriksen is, outside of Spurs, he largely went unnoticed and unappreciated by casual fans, with Harry Kane and, to a lesser-degree, Son Heung-min often taking the plaudits.
That’s why in some ways, keen fantasy football connoisseurs are the ones who have truly valued the Danish star over the years.
He’ll be a big miss for our Dream Team, ending this campaign with a disappointing total of 36 points – mirroring Spurs’ decline this season and his overall mentality over the last few months.
We rarely see midfielders of his class in the top-tier, and he’ll be considerably missed.
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