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Tottenham should hand Christian Eriksen a pay rise, but not one worth £118,000 a week
Jordan Harris @JordanHarris8119 minutes ago
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Talks over a new deal have reportedly reached a stalemate between the playmaker and the Premier League side.
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen applauds fans after the game
Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen
A report in the Daily Mirror has claimed that talks between Christian Eriksen and Tottenham Hotspur regarding a new deal at White Hart Lane have reached a stalemate as the playmaker holds out for a significant pay rise. And while the Dane surely deserves improved terms, the club would surely be foolish to meet the demands that have been put on the table.
The Mirror reports that the 24-year-old has two years left on his current deal, which sees him earn £32,000 a week. While there appears to be a desire from both sides to extend his stay with the club, talks appear to have stalled due to the fact that Eriksen now wants £150,000 a week, which undoubtedly represents a huge leap.
The Mirror claims that such a deal would see the former Ajax man earn nearly double what Hugo Lloris – Spurs’ captain and the club’s highest earner – pockets each week.
And while Eriksen has surely done enough during his time in England to earn a similar amount to what the other key men within their squad earn, it would be a big mistake for the club’s hierarchy to hand out such a lucrative deal.
Though he contributed more assists than any of his teammates in the Premier League last season, the gap between himself and Dele Alli and Erik Lamela – who both contributed nine assists, four less than Eriksen – was arguably not significant enough to suggest that he would not be replaceable if Spurs decided to cash in on him this summer with the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan sniffing around (via Mirror).
And if Daniel Levy did give the go-ahead to such an offer, it is likely that some of the other men who were so influential in putting the club in the title picture last term will want improved terms of their own, which could not only harm the team’s chances of making the kind of signings that take the club to the next level, but it would also disrupt the harmony that was so key to their success.
Given what his teammates earn, there is surely no doubt that Eriksen deserves more money. But handing him the amount he is looking for could have the kind of repercussions that leave Tottenham’s hopes of challenging for the title in the near future in tatters.