Eriksen shouldn’t be anywhere near the Spurs team

Eriksen shouldn’t be anywhere near the Spurs team say Graham as contract woes continue between Spurs and Eriksen

Graham Roberts has hit out at those generating unwelcome distractions, with a Danish playmaker considered to be offering nothing at present

Christian Eriksen “shouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team” at Tottenham, says club legend Graham Roberts, with the Danish playmaker told to either fully commit or move on.

The former Tottenham defender, who spent six years in north London between 1980 and 1986, told talkSPORT of an underperforming star of the present: “Christian Eriksen, if he had signed a contract [with Spurs], he would have played [in the 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich]. For me he shouldn’t be on the bench – he shouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team.

Eriksen shouldn’t be anywhere near Spurs

“Because he wants to leave and has come out and said he wants to leave.

“Then go. If you think it’s better somewhere else, go.”

Eriksen is not the only player running down his deal at Spurs, with Belgian defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld doing likewise.

Roberts added: “If he [Eriksen] wants to play football and get back to where he was, he has to sign a new contract and put all that to one side and get back to being the top player he was. Because in the last six months he has not been that player.

“He has had one or two good games but then been off again. I’ve never seen a player of his ability give the ball away so much in the last three or four months, and that can’t happen to a top quality player.

“It should never have got into this situation; you cannot let players run their contracts down.

“It should have been sorted out two years ago, but I do understand because of the money situation, and that is where we are at the moment.

“It’s not just him, I think there are other players in the team as well; Toby, I’ve loved him and Jan ever since he’s been in the team, but they’ve let their contracts run down and just want to walk away.”

“But I suppose with the new stadium last year and with a lot on their minds, maybe they forgot about it.

“But at the end of it, we’ve lost one game, 7-2 at home. Yes, it is destroying, but I’m sure our manager will pick it up. What he has got to do now is pick one team and stick with it, and pick players he thinks are going to be at the club moving forward.”

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