Christian Eriksen. Is this the biggest clue yet in transfer saga ?

23 Jun

Oh, Christian Eriksen. He plays for Brentford. In red and white.. etc etc etc. How such an incredible player has been bequeathed such a tongue twister of a song is a mystery up there with the pyramids or Stonehenge. Perhaps the only thing more confusing being the Denmark International’s destination next season. The Bees? Tottenham? Manchester United? Newcastle United have also been mentioned along with the likes of Leicester City (although presumably, if that were somehow to happen, they’d suddenly remember there’s a carnival going on and so any unveiling would have to be delayed).

Nobody needs a lecture on how staggeringly good Christian was for Brentford last season. On how he slotted back into football as though he had never been away following that temporary interruption to his career at Euro 2020. The precision delivery. The 6th sense allowing him to play the ball into space yet still meet an onrushing colleague. The goals. Oh, the goals. Just a mention of Chelsea bringing a smile to the face. His ball across for Pontus at Watford was precision delivery that not even Postman Pat could hope to muster up.

Despite the heroics and good times, we all knew that it was a temporary affair. A six month contract having been signed back in January and one that has now expired, leaving him homeless. The clamour for Eriksen’s signature one of the most talked about moves of the summer.

Norbee Bjorn does his best to persuade Christian where the future lies…

There are so many reasons why sticking with Brentford makes sense. Guaranteed football. A wonderful environment at a club located in a great city. The chance to shape destiny. The Danish connection. Moreso, with Denmark having qualified for the World Cup this winter. Loyalty, even. We took, at the time, what was considered by many outsiders to be a risk. Didn’t that work out well ?

The flip side, of course, being that the lure of Champions league football (Tottenham) and a bucketload of cash (everyone) would be hard for anybody to resist.

The bookies had Brentford as favourites to re-sign him a few weeks ago. Then the Tottenham connection grew. Manchester United, Leicester City and Newcastle were also linked. Nobody knew how much was rumour and how much was fact. Whatever you read there was nothing concrete. Just clickbait.

Then, suddenly, the Bees were out of the running. You couldn’t bet on Brentford, even if you wanted to. At least, with my online bookmaker (who, of course, is used purely for research purposes).

This morning, in the daily trawl for any clue whatsoever, a diamond emerged from the rough. We’re back in the running. Brentford are available to bet on.

With – if you believe what you read – interest in his joining Manchester United and Spurs seemingly on the way out, staying at Lionel Road would seem to be an option. The bookies are rarely wrong and I’d take their insight over any conjecture or Twitter ‘expert’.

There we go. 7-2. Third favourite, with United and Spurs both drifting out compared to yesterday. Brentford back in the running after dropping off the shortlist for the last few weeks. Is this a sign? Wishful thinking? Blind optimism? Or the biggest indication yet that this global superstar could be plying his trade in red and white once more?

Here’s hoping. I was fortunate enough to meet the great man towards the end of last season and, like all connected with our squad, he was nothing but the most personable to approach – even if it was a case of losing any semblance of cool or reserve that one might have hoped to retain. There are some players where the only reaction possible is to regress 40 years in an instant and go from ‘grown up’ to wide-eyed, giggling school kid.

That’s the presence and stature of the man, though. Fingers crossed we get to experience it all again next season….

A meeting of two greats – Christian and THE green jacket

Nick Bruzon

10 Responses to “Christian Eriksen. Is this the biggest clue yet in transfer saga ?”

  1. David Carney June 23, 2022 at 7:41 am #

    The Eriksen sage is now becoming a bit of a bore. Sure it would be good if he signed for Brentford, but if he doesn’t want to sign, well, so long. Brentford will continue to be successful and will continue as a Premier League club.
    Brentford is bigger than Eriksen and if he goes, hopefully he will forever be grateful for the second chance no one else was prepared to offer.
    Brentford can hold their head high for their role in keeping a legend in football.

    • Glynn Bobble June 23, 2022 at 8:46 am #

      Eriksens bigger than Brentford

    • Cavid Darney June 23, 2022 at 9:19 am #

      I am sure he would have got his chance at another club if brentford did not step in, no need to act all high and mighty about it, fact is he helped Brentford stay in the premier league, it was a marriage of convenience and both parties helped each other out. Eriksen should move on because his quality speaks for itself and Brentford should move on because with their premier league status in tact for another year they should go and make signings to help their cause.

  2. Wellybrook June 23, 2022 at 9:49 am #

    Hear Hear to that Nick, lets hope Mr Eriksen realises that the Love, admiration and sheer excitement he brings to us Bees fans every time he pulls on the shirt, he may have to reflect that big clubs with big money, brings bigger expectation and pressure

  3. jod June 23, 2022 at 10:03 am #

    Never really understood the Spurs connection. Conte plays with a midfield two, pretty much every game. Eriksen isn’t going to play there, nor is he going to displace Kulusevski further forward. So unless he’s happy to just play the occasional game he isn’t going to Spurs.

  4. Vern June 23, 2022 at 5:16 pm #

    Thank God for Eriksen. Without him the Britissh sports press would have nothing to write about! They don’t even bother to call them rumors. Guess they need to sell papers.

    As a new fan of the Bees in the US, I’m not use to the lying press unless it is about politics. I get tired of all the “speculation.” I do enjoy Nick’s take.

  5. Boru June 23, 2022 at 7:37 pm #

    Creepy

  6. Ray Bailey June 23, 2022 at 10:30 pm #

    Sorry Nick, you’ve left yourself wide open on this one, if he stays, it’s the ‘lucky’ green coat, but if he doesn’t sign, it’s down to him being frightened off by the jolly green giant!😁😁

  7. iamthesunking June 24, 2022 at 6:14 am #

    I feel that if he were going to stay with us, he would have said so by now. Such a shame as it’s actually quite cruel to be kept waiting only to be disappointed!

  8. Neil June 24, 2022 at 8:58 am #

    I remember when Scott Canham joined us on loan and, to me, was brilliant. A midfielder who could pass with perfect weight. When I saw we had signed him permanently I ran round telling everyone this was our season.

    But something happened after that, he was never quite as good. It may have been the fact he was no longer on trial or the fact it was permanent, now he realised that he was a Brentford player for real. For some reason I keep thinking about little Scotty Canham at the moment.

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