A huge Newcastle United claim has emerged on their interest in Christian Eriksen heading into the summer transfer window.
What’s the talk?
Reporter Jacque Talbot has teased that the Magpies are going to hold discussions with the Denmark international later this month.
He Tweeted: “Some further details on the Christian Eriksen and Newcastle story. Heard a whisper Howe and the player set for talks next week.”
The former Tottenham midfielder joined Brentford on a short-term deal in January and is now a free agent ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
Supporters will be excited
Toon supporters will be excited by this claim as Eriksen would be a fantastic addition to Eddie Howe’s midfield options.
In 11 appearances in the top-flight, he averaged a sublime SofaScore rating of 7.54 as he chipped in with one goal and four assists. The gem produced consistently brilliant performances whilst proving that he can still have a big impact in the final third, particularly when it came to helping his teammates.
This shows that he is capable of teeing up teammates with opportunities to score on a regular basis. The likes of Chris Wood, Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, and any other forward the club may sign will now be salivating at the prospect of being on the end of his passes and crosses.
Meanwhile, Matt Ritchie topped the charts for the Magpies with 1.6 key passes per game – with Saint-Maximin in second with 1.4 – and this suggests that Eriksen would be a huge improvement on Newcastle’s current levels of creativity.
Bringing him in on a free transfer would also be an astute piece of business by Dan Ashworth. Whilst they will still need to afford the wages that he will demand, the club will not have to pay a transfer fee for his services and this can free up funds to be used elsewhere.
Supporters will now be hoping that the ex-Brighton chief and Howe can wrap up a deal for the 30-year-old as they will be excited by the thought of him delivering teasing deliveries into the box at St. James’ Park next season.