This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to the news that AS broke out recently, Real Madrid are seriously considering approaching Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Christian Eriksen. If that transfer does go through, it could spell trouble for Luka Modric.
What’s the word, then?
Real Madrid hunting for a midfielder is actually nothing particularly new.
Their summer tango with Paul Pogba during the last transfer window proved as much.
But Zinedine Zidane failed to get his man from Manchester United and will now seemingly turn to Spurs and their great Danish midfielder for the consolation prize.
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Still, Eriksen’s possible arrival would very much mean that there would be a new general in the middle of the park.
With the 27-year-old taking over the mantle, Modric’s reign might come to an end.
The midfield crown
Both players have seen better days at their respective clubs in the 2019/20 campaign.
Eriksen has only started five times this term and his Spurs side are struggling immensely.
Recently, they suffered a 7-2 humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League and their bad run of form has continued in the domestic league as well, where they currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
Modric, meanwhile, has only tallied 246 minutes across all competitions but that was mostly due to his injury issues early on in the season.
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Still, it wouldn’t be too big of a stretch to say that Eriksen would be directly coming for the Croat’s spot in the team. Both players are creative, brave, attacking-minded and excel at similar things.
With both of their current seasons’ stats being slightly skewed by other factors, let’s see how they fared head to head in the 2018/19 campaign.
Eriksen can definitely deliver more in terms of the final product as the 27-year-old has registered eight goals and 12 assists in the Premier League, and followed it up with 2.1 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game. He also maintained an 81% passing accuracy.
Modric can’t really keep up in terms of goals or assists – having only managed three and six respectively – but is a far more accurate passer of the ball with 88.9% in La Liga and also with 1.6 key passes and 1.6 dribbles per game.
Still, with 34 years already on his back, the Croatian is bound to move aside for the younger crop of players to take over. Of course, his legacy should not be forgotten – after all, he has a total of 41 trophies of all kind in his cabinet already.
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But with all of that being said and looking strictly at the stats, Eriksen does look like a suitable replacement.
Let’s see if Real Madrid decide to pull the trigger in the end.
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