Christian Eriksen Could Help Ease Real Madrid’s Problems4 min read
Six years ago, a diminutive midfield playmaker made the move from Spurs to the Spanish capital. Real Madrid weren’t convinced at first, voting him the worst signing of the summer in 2012, but over time Luka Modric would go on to become a legend. Now, in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo age, he might even be the most influential figure at the Santiago Bernabeu, on course to break the Lionel Messi-Ronaldo Ballon d’Or duopoly.
Christian Eriksen is a player in a similar mould. The Dane plays in a slightly different position to Modric, often drifting out wide to the left to drive inside to the edge of the opposition box, but there is more to unite Eriksen and Modric than there is to divide them.
Going on transfer speculation this week, Eriksen, who has enjoyed a hugely successful 2018, could emulate Modric in more than just style by making the move to Real Madrid, with the Spanish giants keen on signing the playmaker from Spurs. Whether it’s this January or at the end of the season, they are expected to at least put the call into Daniel Levy.
Real Madrid aren’t as attractive a proposition as they were just a few months ago. Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club in the summer, with Julen Lopetegui lasting just a handful of games before Santiago Solari was appointed manager. The same old problems persist, though, demonstrated by last week’s humiliating defeat to Eibar. This is a club burdened with an unbalanced squad and weighed down by expectations that may now be unrealistic.
For all the attacking talent Real Madrid boast, they have struggled to find their groove in the final third so far this season. The European champions have looked disjointed, with the relationships between the likes of Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Isco breaking down. In retrospect, Ronaldo was the glue that held this unit together. Now he’s not there, things are coming apart at the seams.
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Christian Eriksen is the sort of player who could help Real Madrid get back on track. There are too many issues at the Santiago Bernabeu for one player to solve all of them, but Solari needs someone who can drive the ball from deep and open up space in the final third. Real are also lacking on the left wing at the moment after Ronaldo’s exit, and so there is a place in the team for Eriksen to fill.
Isco, another highly talented playmaker, has struggled for game time at Real Madrid this season, but he moves the ball slower than Eriksen does. While the Spaniard has a tendency for pondering on the edge of the box, the Dane is known for bursting into the danger area. Eriksen is exactly what Real Madrid need.
Christian Eriksen To Sign Before 2nd February 2019