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Poch bossed around by Eriksen

OPINION: No player is bigger than the club – unless you are struggling to beat a newly-promoted team at home on the first day of the season

15 August, 2019 — By Richard Osley

Spurs’ Christian Eriksen

ON the opening weekend of the Premier League season, we learned that “title contenders” Spurs have a job on their hands if they are going to stop Manchester City or Liverpool.

While the top two picked up where they left off, making the league where “anybody can beat anybody” look anything but, Tottenham were sweating it out against Aston Villa.

Their prospects only changed when Christian Eriksen was called from the bench. It’s always funny when a manager tries to play the hardman by not picking one of his best players, only to find themselves begging for their help to rescue the match later in the day.

It was a little like when that sensible sage Ruud Gullit dropped Alan Shearer at Newcastle before promptly losing a derby against Sunderland.

No player is bigger than the club unless you are struggling to beat a newly-promoted team at home on the first day of the season, you see. Now Spurs fans are frantic with worry that Eriksen, who said publicly he wanted to do something more interesting than play for Tottenham, might leave before the European transfer window closes. In the last year of his contract, he calls the shots. What a fix.

And to think, how often are we told that Spurs head honcho Daniel Levy is a master businessman? Regularly you will see it written that Levy is some sort of transfer market genius, an astute and hard-bargaining cracker who always gets the best deal for Spurs. This being the same fellow who burned through about 15 managers before finally finding Mauricio Pochettino.

It is the same master strategist, too, who has yet to see Tottenham win a major trophy, however big their stadium is. And however many pints of craft ale the brand can serve a minute in the new ground (NB: at the expense of local pubs and bars who thought the club staying in White Hart Lane would be a good thing for them).

And now this titan tactician is being bossed around by Eriksen in a way that we were told would never happen at a club so smartly run.

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