“I don’t think the performance of Christian is any different than when we signed him five and a half years ago. His commitment is the same as five year ago, and I am happy with him.”Mauricio Pochettino on Christian Eriksen’s form and commitment.
If you nearly choked on your breakfast this morning reading Football London‘s Mauricio Pochettino quotes on Christian Eriksen, then allow me to offer an alternative explanation to blind loyalty or delusion.
Could Pochettino believe that there is now a chance that Eriksen could stay at Spurs? As Football London recalls, the Dane only has one year on his contract, and of course previously revealed he wants a new challenge.
But there was no fresh start for 27-year-old in the summer and a recent report in The Sun claimed that his dream move to Real Madrid is looking increasingly unlikely, even at a tempting knockdown price.
In his summer interview with native newspaper Ekstra Bladet, Eriksen did indicate that he would be happy to stay at Spurs if a transfer away would not be a “step up”. In this day and age, Eriksen and his agent will know who is in for him and who is not. What if he isn’t attracted by any of these possible destinations and is reconsidering signing a new deal at Spurs?
Could it have been Real or nothing? Remember, he turned down offers from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United, according to Diario Madridista
Why else, when the rest of the world can see that Eriksen’s form and effort has dropped so drastically, would Pochettino defend him so staunchly?
Why else, when he has new signings Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso restricted to cameos, would he continue to pick this Eriksen?
If he was absolutely convinced the midfielder is leaving, what would he have to lose by criticising him? It can’t be that Eriksen would try even less.
There are a lot of ifs, buts and maybes to this theory, but I prefer it to the other explanation of those quotes – Pochettino is fibbing.