Christian Eriksen’s renaissance at Brentford has been one of football’s most soul-enriching stories this season and the Danish midfielder has been thrilling Bees supporters with his repertoire of defence-shredding passes and classy touches since his arrival in West London.
Eriksen, who collapsed while playing for his country at Euro 2020 last summer, penned a six-month deal with Brentford in January and his dazzling performances have helped to propel the club away from the relegation mire.
The 30-year-old’s impact has been such, that Brentford’s 3-0 reverse to Manchester United on Monday evening was the club’s first defeat with Eriksen in the XI.
The former Tottenham star was fitted with an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), a type of pacemaker, after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020, though the crafty schemer is now playing at close to peak performance again.
With Eriksen starting to look a cut above for Brentford and his contract with the Bees on the cusp of expiration, chatter has become more widespread about the creative whizz’s future.
Brentford are understandably keen to keep him, however, a number of other Premier League clubs are now believed to be vying for Eriksen’s signature.
Possible destinations for Christian Eriksen this summer
Christian Eriksen was one of the standout performers when Brentford were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford, where some of his passes were jaw-droppingly accurate.
The Red Devils have looked woefully short on creativity and guile in central areas this season and a player with Eriksen’s high-calibre skill set would undoubtedly help to ease some of United’s issues.
With Paul Pogba set to leave Man Utd on a free transfer this summer, Eriksen would represent a low-cost alternative to the Frenchman – an idea that might appeal to new United manager Erik ten Hag as he weighs up ways to refresh his squad.
Eriksen made his Premier League return relatively recently in January, yet only Bruno Fernandes (2.5) can match the Dane for average key passes per game from United’s squad since (Eriksen – 2.0).
The ex-Inter man’s ability to knit play together through the middle third, his laser-like delivery from set pieces and his eye for a defence-splitting through ball are all things that United lack in their current guise and a no-fee switch seems like a no brainer for the Red Devils.
A special bond will always exist between Tottenham Hotspur and Christian Eriksen after the Danish international spent seven years with the club between 2013 and 2020.
Spurs paid just £11m to sign Eriksen from Dutch giants Ajax nearly ten years ago and the key creator scored 69 times for the Londoners in 305 appearances during a sparkling spell for the club.
Erikson was the creative lynchpin of the Tottenham team that made it to the Champions League final in June, 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino, before he left to join Inter in Italy the following January.
Fast forward to today and Tottenham are in the grip of a rebuild under tough Italian taskmaster Antonio Conte – the same manager that convinced Eriksen to move to Milan two years ago – and rumours are rife suggesting a London reunion between the pair could be on the cards.
Already settled in the capital, a return to his old stomping ground in the north of the city might well appeal to Eriksen, though the free-spirited midfielder might struggle to adapt to Conte’s more rigid tactical approach, just as he did during his brief spell in Italy when he was in and out of the team.
Newcastle are primed to make a splash in the summer transfer market with the backing of their new Saudi owners and the capture of a high-profile superstar like Christian Eriksen would be considered a major coup.
The Magpies have been making positive strides under the direction of Eddie Howe and following a successful recruitment drive in January, the club are expected to one of the Premier League’s most aggressive outfits in the summer.
In terms of salary, Newcastle have the clout to blow their rivals out of the water and an ability to bully their way into deals that few can match.
With a whole host of new faces certain to jet into the north east before August, Eriksen might be excited at the prospect of spearheading the growth of football’s next major superpower.
In Kieron Tripper, Eriksen would have a former Tottenham teammate and familiar face to help with the bedding in process and in Bruno Guimarães, there is a talented Brazilian midfielder already in place to build chemistry with.
Brentford were the club that pushed hardest to sign Eriksen while he was a free agent and the Bees’ show of faith in the Dane while fitness concerns were an issue for most other suitors could well be reciprocated by the 30-year-old this summer.
Bees boss Thomas Frank said that he believes Brentford “have a very good chance” of keeping their star player at the club beyond the summer.
“I am always positive,” said Frank when quizzed about Eriksen’s future. “I always believe we have a very good chance. I know he is happy here, he is enjoying his football. It is a decision that will be taken at the end of the season.”
Eriksen has been arguably Brentford's stand-out player since his arrival in January and their talisman has been on the winning side in six of the eight games that he's featured in.
Eriksen showcased his top-level standards in the Bees’ recent 4-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on April 2nd, topping his match-winning display with his first goal for the club in the 54th minute.
When asked how Brentford are trying to convince Eriksen to stay, Thomas Frank said: “Very simple, I speak to him. We are presenting our plans and discussing it back and forth.”
Brentford have strong links to Eriksen's homeland with current owner Matthew Benham owning both the Bees and Danish club Midtjylland.
In addition, there are no fewer than seven of Eriksen’s compatriots in the Brentford squad and the experienced campaigner is excelling in what looks a comfortable environment for him.
However, Brentford’s target of Premier League survival next year might not marry with Eriksen’s own lofty expectations and having been used to higher standards throughout his career, the pass master might relish the opportunity to compete at a higher level.