Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen catching clubs’ attention in Saudi Arabia
This season at Manchester United, Eriksen has taken on the role of a square peg in a round hole. At the age of thirty-one, he is too physically weak to provide a sufficient defensive shield in a deeper role. The Dane was originally a playmaker and never really possessed the defensive instincts needed for that role.
However, Eriksen’s prospects of playing in his most natural position are almost nonexistent because Bruno Fernandes is still the manager’s first option to control the tempo of the team’s midfield. With Casemiro also absent it seems it makes more sense to keep Eriksen for the later stages of the game.
In this season Eriksen has registered eleven appearances in twelve premier league games. However, Eriksen has only started six matches, and even when he manages to join the fray, his stamina usually deteriorates in the early minutes of the game.
By the close of the 2022–2023 season, the 31-year-old’s performances began to wane. We believe that with any luck, the former Tottenham player can demonstrate greater consistency in the next campaign as he should.
However, joining any of the Saudi clubs can be a good opportunity for him to showcase his talent which in comparison isn’t as fast-paced as the English competition. It’s not his fault that he is unable to cope with this. Rather, it’s the nature of the league that is preventing him from fully giving his true potential.
An additional benefit of the Saudi League may be the influx of numerous elite players from Europe who share a similar age range, making it an excellent means of adjusting to them. But it will be a huge loss to lose a player with Eriksen’s versatility. But if we want to win more games, we’ll have to make audacious choices that will pay off in the long run.
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It’s not obvious yet if United would be willing to move Eriksen on in January. However, it seems that they would be receiving a generous payment for an older player they signed as a free agent if they were to make the move.