Eriksen joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer window back in 2013 for a fee of £12.15m from AFC Ajax. He arrived on the same day as Erik Lamela did, just one day before the transfer window closed, as part of the Bale Seven. He slotted into the lineup almost immediately, providing incredible creativity in the attacking band while scoring goals with an almost stoic beauty to them.
Spurs tried to tie him down to a long-term deal as far back as two seasons ago, but Eriksen would not re-sign and had his eyes on a big money move to a super club such as Real Madrid or FC Barcelona. While Eriksen is not getting that move, he is getting paid: The reported salary for the Danish International is worth £260k/week, rising to £320k/week with bonuses. With Italy’s extremely friendly tax law, Eriksen is going to pocket almost all of that contract.
Eriksen leaves the club after making 305 appearances across all competitions, scoring 69 goals and chipping in 89 assists.
I mentioned it in a prior article regarding this move, but this is the most bittersweet ending to a Spurs career I can recall. Eriksen was a club favorite for much of his career, but with his downturn in production and his attitude clearly affecting his play this year, this move needed to happen in January. I have no doubt in my mind he will go to Italy and tear it up now.
There will be a time and place that we will look back and remember all of the positive contributions he made. It’s going to take some people longer than others to get to that point. For now, it’s best to keep it simple.
Farvel, Christian. Go win the Scudetto.