Wolves are being joined in the race for Christian Eriksen by a pair of the Danes’ former sides, Tottenham and Ajax.
Wolves and Spurs are in the running, but it is said that Ajax are leading the pack. Eriksen started his career with the Eredivisie side and there is now “a good chance” that he will return there.
The 28-year-old has endured a brutal spell since his move to Italy this time last year. It would make sense for him to return to familiar surroundings in order to get his career back on track.
In fact, he has only made a total of 12 Serie A starts, with just four coming this season.
Eriksen has only managed three goals and three assists in this time. He is yet to manage a goal contribution this season.
— Ekrem Konur (@Ekremkonur) January 5, 2021
Strangely, it appears that Conte has no place for him in the side, which begs the question of why they wanted him in the first place.
Conte has always played a three-at-the-back system, be it at Juventus, Italy, Chelsea or Inter. He has rotated between 3-4-3 and 3-5-2 throughout his career.
With the signing of an out-and-out No 10 like Eriksen, it looked like Inter could adapt to a 3-4-1-2 formation, but this has not materialised.
Instead, Marcelo Brozovic, Nicolo Barella, Arturo Vidal and Roberto Gagliardini have all played ahead of Eriksen in the midfield three.
They have not missed his creativity either. Barella and wingback Achraf Hakimi have excelled in supplying the ammo for Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez to finish.
The excellent Stefano Sensi is also back from a long injury lay-off, shoving Eriksen further down the pecking order.
It is clearly best for all parties for the 103-cap international to move on as quickly as possible.
Where is best for Eriksen?
As mentioned, Ajax are at the front of the queue for his signature. The familiar surroundings of the Johan Cruyff Arena, where Eriksen began his professional career, would likely be a comforting destination.
Eriksen would most likely play Champions League football, win trophies and be the best player in the division.
Yet it still feels like he is above this level. It was not that long ago that Eriksen was one of the best playmakers in the world. He should still be playing in a top league at this stage.
If Eriksen does decide against a return to the four-time champions of Europe, then maybe he would consider a return to another of his former clubs in Tottenham.
Eriksen had made his mind up to leave Spurs before Jose Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. If the club’s Amazon documentary is anything to go by, the pair seemed to have a decent relationship.
Yet it still feels like bridges have been burned between Spurs and Eriksen. He felt his time was up in London, so it is difficult to see a dramatic change of heart taking place after just one year away.
Besides, in Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso, Spurs have two excellent creative midfielders, even if both would probably be better off playing a bit deeper than they are at current.
The final side mentioned by Konur is Wolves.
In one sense, this is a move that could suit Eriksen. A side pushing strongly for European football in the Premier League, needing that bit of x-factor to push them over the line.
Yet Wolves, like Inter, are a team that do not usually play with a No 10. Nuno Espirito Santo has always played a 3-4-3 or 3-5-2, much like Conte. While he has trialled a four-at-the-back lately, it probably won’t be too regular an occurrence.
Would they really be willing to play Eriksen’s sizeable wages if they do not have a very noticeable gap for him to fill?
Nevertheless, there is never smoke without fire, so nothing can be ruled out.
One thing for sure is that Christian Eriksen, who turns 29 next month, needs a career refresh. Surely someone out there will be willing to accommodate him.