Graham Roberts has told Christian Eriksen to either commit to Tottenham or leave, and urged the club to keep him far away from the first-team.
With under 12 months left on his contract, Eriksen has offered Spurs fans no assurances he’ll sign a fresh deal. It comes following a summer of uncertainty, which linked him with moves to Real Madrid and Manchester United.
All the doubt into the Dane’s future has begun to have a telling effect on the pitch as well. He’s, so far, struggled to make a regular impact and has only started five of Spurs’ 10 games in all competitions.
And now Roberts, who starred in the Spurs defence for six years between 1980 and 1986, has called for Eriksen to be frozen out of the first-team.
“Christian Eriksen, if he had signed a contract [with Spurs], he would have played [in the 7-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich],” Roberts told talkSPORT.
“For me, he shouldn’t be on the bench – he shouldn’t be anywhere near the first-team.
“Because he wants to leave and has come out and said he wants to leave. Then go. If you think it’s better somewhere else, go.”
Roberts added: “If he [Eriksen] wants to play football and get back to where he was, he has to sign a new contract and put all that to one side and get back to being the top player he was. Because in the last six months he has not been that player.
“He has had one or two good games but then been off again. I’ve never seen a player of his ability give the ball away so much in the last three or four months, and that can’t happen to a top-quality player.
“It should never have got into this situation; you cannot let players run their contracts down.
“It should have been sorted out two years ago, but I do understand because of the money situation, and that is where we are at the moment.”
Like Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld’s contracts at Spurs will also expire at tne of the season.
Asked on who’s to blame for this mess, Roberts replied: “It’s the chairman [Daniel Levy], it’s got to be the chairman. The chairman does all the deals.”
“But I suppose with the new stadium last year and with a lot on their minds, maybe they forgot about it.”