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Is Christian Eriksen Good Enough For a Football Superpower?

There might as well have been a missing person report filed in central London today because, during our shambolic performance at Stamford Bridge, Christian Eriksen was nowhere to be found. Now I am in no way blaming the Danish maestro for the result, our poor performance was truly a team effort, but it’s a perfect example to illustrate Eriksen’s biggest flaw.

Consistency. Amongst the elite football clubs of the world, this is one of the most valued characteristics. To remain a top club in today’s competitive landscape, consistently playing well is absolutely crucial. To put it bluntly, Eriksen simply just does not do this.

In terms of a footballing brain, his vision to pick out a pass, and his finishing abilities, he’s unquestionably one of the top players in the world at his position. However, when push comes to shove and we need one of our top talents to step up and win games for us, Eriksen often falls short. While players like Kane and Son, effectively put the team on their back in trying to fight tooth and nail to win matches, Eriksen often vanishes.

As we’ve seemingly forgotten how to sign players, holding onto our top talents is crucial for us to consistently push for the top 4 and one day hopefully win some silverware. With his contract expiring in 2020, rumors of links to the Spanish giants, and the absence of re-negotiating his contract with Spurs, it seems a foregone conclusion that Eriksen’s minutes in lilywhite are fleeting.

Performances like today remind us that Eriksen, while often one of the best players we’ve had in recent memory, has a major flaw, one that might be too much for the weight of a Real Madrid or Barcelona shirt. If he can’t consistently perform well for a side that he’s virtually undroppable, how will he manage to remain in form for a club with even higher expectations?

Ajax Players who came to Tottenham

Trusted to Deliver Excellence.

Whether or not Rolls Royce had Jan Vertonghen in mind when they came up with this tagline is up for debate, but it’s a perfect description of how we all feel about Jan Vertonghen. He was purchased in 2012 from Ajax or as we like to call it, the best feeder club for Spurs in the last decade and maybe ever. Let’s take a quick moment to appreciate all that Ajax has developed for us directly and indirectly over the years.

Davinson Sanchez

  • Birthplace: Caloto, Colombia
  • Ajax Appearances: 47
  • Spurs Appearances: 67

Speedy and strong, this man might very well become the best Colombian export since Escobar was powdering the noses of everyone from Glasgow to Melbourne. At only 22 years old, Davinson has the abilities to become one of Europe’s elite CB’s and quickly gained the confidence of Pochettino.

Jan Vertonghen

  • Birthplace: Sint-Niklass, Belgium
  • Ajax Appearances: 220
  • Spurs Appearances: 271

A Rolls Royce of a defender, Super Jan is arguably one of the most reliable players in Spurs history. Classy, but fierce there are too many metaphors to wax lyrical about the wonder that is Jan Vertonghen. He’s currently one of our longest serving players and the most capped player in history for the Belgian National Team.

Toby Alderweireld

  • Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium
  • Ajax Appearances: 186
  • Spurs Appearances: 150

The Belgian defense may have only lasted 18 days against the Germans during WWII, but Toby’s performance against Dortmund and his overall tenure at Spurs tells a different story. Toby has arguably the most well-kept hair in Spurs history and his CB partnership alongside Jan dates back to Ajax days.

Christian Eriksen

  • Birthplace: Middelfart,¬†Denmark
  • Ajax Appearances: 162
  • Spurs Appearances: 259

Quiet, calm, and brilliant. Back when we remembered how to buy players, out of the magnificent 7 (Eriksen, Lamela, Paulinho, Soldado, Chadli, Capoue, Chiriches) he is the only one that has truly become a star (sorry Erik we love you too, but it’s just not the same). While Kane and Son often steal the spotlight, Christian has long been pulling the creative strings that make Tottenham such an entertaining side to watch.

Rafael Van der Vaart

  • Birthplace: Heemskerk, Netherlands
  • Ajax Appearances: 156
  • Spurs Appearances: 77

Quite possibly the best deadline day signing we’ve ever had, our Dutch magician spent 6 of his early years entertaining the people of Amsterdam almost as much as gouda and ganja. An unexpected masterclass transfer from Levy and Redknapp, it was impossible not to love Rafa’s style of play.

Mido

  • Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
  • Ajax Appearances: 50
  • Spurs Appearances: 63

Our shortlived hitman and Egypt’s volatile son, Mido also spent a few years bagging goals in the Dutch capital. A feisty man who always speaks highly of his tenure at Spurs and often states that he wishes he never left the club.

Edgar Davids

  • Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Ajax Appearances: 155
  • Spurs Appearances: 44

The pitbull from Suriname, this goggle totting midfielder also continues to retain a soft spot for Spurs. He managed a Champions League victory with Ajax as a youngster and then returned to Ajax after a couple years in London with Spurs.

Steven Pienaar

  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ajax Appearances: 131
  • Spurs Appearances: 18

After a good spell with the Toffee’s up north, the South African looked full of potential in his move to Tottenham. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his short tenure at Spurs and he never really lived up to the hype. Pienaar spent 5 of years formative years in Amsterdam with Ajax.

Besides the red color, we have a lot to be thankful for from our relationship with Ajax and long may it continue…

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