Tottenham: Christian Eriksen’s return makes perfect sense as he prepares for audition


Antonio Conte may know there would be a tinge of irony in Tottenham potentially bringing back Christian Eriksen. One could argue that they never properly replaced the aids and magic he brought and then took with him.

The solution might be to re-sign him. It would be a touching reunion, one of the best in football, and it could also make perfect sense. Spurs need someone who can pull off the extraordinary, and their former playmaker is that man.

For his part, Conte has barely ruled out the prospect of the comeback.

Christian Eriksen enjoys a fairy tale in Brentford after making his emotional return to football

The silky playmaker has helped his club win every game he has started since joining

The silky playmaker has helped his club win every game he has started since joining

“Of course Eriksen is part of Tottenham history,” he said. “Coming back here would be a good opportunity for him, for me, for the club, but now he’s signed for Brentford, just six months old, and we’ll see what happens.”

The first four months of Eriksen’s return to the Premier League have been special.

He has started five games for Brentford so far and won them all. Indeed, the only times his club lost after signing him was when he missed out completely. The goal and two assists to his name also highlighted his remarkable comeback.

Eriksen returns to Tottenham this weekend in an audition ahead of his possible homecoming

Eriksen returns to Tottenham this weekend in an audition ahead of his possible homecoming

This weekend, Eriksen will return to Tottenham for the first time since leaving in January 2020. He initially left on bitter terms but will, understandably, be welcomed with open arms and a warm welcome.

Its release was long awaited. The bridges between the two parties were cut after he made his desire to leave clear, and it was not until six months later that Eriksen was finally able to leave. His conversation with Jose Mourinho was even filmed.

By this point, his performances had become sloppy and fans were frustrated.

He won his escape to Inter Milan, which was then managed by Conte. Playing in a three-man midfield, a different system to Spurs, Eriksen took games by the scruff of his neck and helped his new side become Serie A champions.

After leaving Spurs in 2020, Eriksen moved to Inter Milan and won the Serie A title

After leaving Spurs in 2020, Eriksen moved to Inter Milan and won the Serie A title

Conte, however, left at the end of the season. Shortly after, at Euro 2020, Eriksen suffered the cardiac arrest that shocked the world. Fortunately, he was brought back to life, as he was even able to continue his career after a break.

Doctors fitted him with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, a device that can get the heart back into rhythm. However, it also kept him out of action in Italy, with Inter agreeing to release him from his contract on glowing terms.

A period of fitness and sharpness followed, and Eriksen quickly earned his next opportunity; a chance to return to the Premier League with Brentford.

It took only a week for Conte, who took over the reins at Tottenham, to be asked if he would be interested in re-signing Eriksen from north London.

Antonio Conte skillfully coached the superstar in Italy and would reunite with him at Spurs

Antonio Conte skillfully coached the superstar in Italy and would reunite with him at Spurs

‘Nope. honestly no [we didn’t discuss signing him]” he told reporters. “Honestly, I was surprised at the situation because in my mind, honestly, I thought Christian needed more time before he came back to play in England.”

The pair took advantage of a chance meeting at a hotel before Eriksen lit up the top flight, and Conte again appeared to hint at the idea of ​​them working together again.

“I was lucky because I met him on Sunday and it was good talking to him,” he added. “I saw him with his family and it was good.

“I’m the first to be happy to see him back on the pitch because we had a great time together at Inter Milan.

Harry Kane and Co could benefit from Eriksen's return as the latter is still just as smart

Harry Kane and Co could benefit from Eriksen’s return as the latter is still just as smart

“We won the championship, we spent two important seasons together. I wish him all the best for the future and you don’t know what will happen.

“It would be nice for me to have him again, to work together.”

From that moment, Eriksen got going. He took his tentative first steps in England after coming on as a substitute against Newcastle, then earned a regular starting spot. His performance in the 4-1 win at Chelsea was a masterclass.

While away from Denmark, he also scored in both of their international matches.

Thomas Frank allowed him to enjoy his football, above all. For a player who perhaps believed he would never get a second shot, this was crucial.

Eriksen is clearly enjoying his second shot at football and can relish being a Spurs hero again

Eriksen is clearly enjoying his second shot at football and can relish being a Spurs hero again

And it was from this base that Eriksen was able to get back on the radar of some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Spurs. A good performance against his former employers will only increase the calls to bring him back.

On paper, this seems like a no-brainer. He is no stranger to the facilities and way of working at Tottenham, and has also thrived under Conte’s demanding gaze. It is believed that the possibility of signing him has been discussed.

A lot has changed for him off the pitch, but on it Eriksen is as silky smooth as ever. His footwork dazzles his opponents and his stunning array of hands gives Brentford a wealth of goal-scoring chances in every game. At Spurs, it would be the same.

Bringing him back would also help them fill the void left by his departure two years ago; a comforting way to come full circle in his career.

He was on target in the win over Chelsea and could shake Spurs' top four prospects this weekend

He was on target in the win over Chelsea and could shake Spurs’ top four prospects this weekend

He has scored 69 goals and registered 90 assists for Spurs in 305 appearances, and would surely be eager for another chance to add to those numbers. Harry Kane, who has often played the No.10 role, would also benefit.

His return this weekend might just be an audition, then. Tottenham need him and his devilish attitude to unlock defences, and Eriksen would relish the opportunity to return to the Premier League’s top tier, especially with a club he loves.

Of course, the biggest story underlying that is the fact that the quick-thinking pundits in Copenhagen brought him back from the brink, but now that he’s reminded everyone of his mercurial talents, he’s maybe time for him to be a hero again at Spurs. .

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