Tottenham have had a hard time keeping hold of their key players in recent seasons with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric both being snapped up by Real Madrid and manager Tim Sherwood is worried that Christian Eriksen may be the next Spurs star allowed to leave for a bulky transfer fee.
The 22-year-old was brought in last summer for just £10m as Spurs attempted to replace the void left by Bale by bringing in over £100m worth of fresh talent.
Eriksen has been by far the most impressive of Franco Baldini’s signings that were captured. Without his influence over the past few weeks, Spurs would have struggled to pick up points having scored the first of a three-goal salvo against Southampton before firing in a late leveller in the 3-3 draw at West Brom.
Eriksen has revelled under Sherwood’s guidance, scoring six times in his last nine and showing an ability from set-pieces that the Premier League hasn’t seen since David Beckham left for the La Liga shores in 2003.
That exquisite touch was seen to great effect in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Fulham, where the super Danish international grabbed two assists from dead ball situations courtesy of two furiously whipped in free-kicks which were gobbled up by Paulinho and Younes Kaboul.
In the aftermath of that victory, which cemented the north Londoners’ place in sixth in the Premier League, Sherwood spoke openly about his fears of one of Europe’s biggest clubs tabling a bid for the classy midfielder.
“You are always fearful that someone might come and take one of your best players and Christian is certainly one,” Sherwood said.
“He has just turned 22 and he has a head of a 35-year-old. He knows when to speed it up and slow it down.”
There is bound to be more upheaval over the summer at White Hart Lane and once again it might revolve around the Spurs hierarchy beating away bids from Europe’s finest for their top player.