The summer of 2013 brought a lot of change around the white half of North London.
Gareth Bale had just completed his world record transfer to Real Madrid for a fee of £85.3m, which saw Tottenham Hotspur replenish their squad across a number of positions.
The likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Erik Lamela all made big-money transfers to White Hart Lane with only the latter still at the club. But Tottenham’s best bit of business that summer was the £12m capture of young prospect Christian Eriksen.
The Danish attacking midfielder has continued to excel for the Lilywhites year after year, with his superb range of passing, ability from dead ball situations and classy style of play has seen him draw many plaudits from all over Europe.
Most recently, Real Madrid have been reported to be lining up a £100m offer for Eriksen and if Spurs opt to offload rather than lose him for a fraction of the price next season, a suitable replacement will be required post haste.
Spurs are also set to take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in February, and will call upon Eriksen’s ability to help them progress. You can check out Spurs’ odds and visit Betfair to bet on the winner of the 2018/19 Champions League.
Here, we take a look at three possible replacements.
World Cup runner-up Ivan Perisic is rumoured to be leaving the San Siro, and Spurs would make a suitable destination. Although he is predominately a left-winger, Perisic can play either up top or most notably, just behind the main striker.
The Croatian is no spring-chicken these days but would offer a new dimension to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Laced with an abundance of experience, Perisic would likely make a strong impression in the Premier League and wouldn’t cost a fortune either.
The only thing that might deter Pochettino and Spurs fans alike is whether Perisic has the ability to play centrally on a regular basis, but his versatility and two footedness would only be an asset in the long-run.
Although bitter rivals Arsenal have been linked with James Rodriguez this window, Spurs would do themselves no harm at all if they could tempt the Colombian star to White Hart Lane instead. Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder who is similar to Eriksen and naturally, it would almost be a like-for-like replacement.
Much has been made of Rodriguez’s future in recent years, as the Real Madrid star failed to nail a spot in the starting line-up and was loaned out to Bayern Munich for two seasons. That loan is up in the summer but with Madrid seemingly keen to offload now, Spurs could be in the reckoning.
Rodriguez announced himself on the scene during the 2014 World Cup, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer and although he hasn’t hit the heights of five years ago, he would be a welcome signing for Pochettino.
It appears that the time has finally come on Isco’s career at Los Blancos. The attacking midfielder has failed to win over interim boss Santiago Solari and has hardly featured over the last few months, meaning the 26-year-old is almost certain to leave over the next two transfer windows.
Naturally, a whole host of top clubs will be interested in the Spanish international, who played a key part under former boss Zinedine Zidane, and won four Champions League’s under the French legend.
Isco is arguably one of the best attacking midfielders in the world and although he is out of sorts at the moment, a mothering arm from Pochettino will get Isco back to his best.