Christian Eriksen might be Tottenham’s best player, according to ex-midfielder Darren Anderton, and the club must do everything to stop him leaving.
Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move away from the Premier League side in recent weeks as protracted talks over a new contract have stalled.
And Anderton, who played 364 times for Tottenham between 1992 and 2004, believes they would be foolish to let such an important player leave.
“People will keep talking about it. People will keep asking the question if he doesn't sign a new deal, why is that?” Anderton told the Tottenham Fans' Show, where Love Sport Radio turns over to the Spurs fans from 7pm until 9pm every Tuesday evening.
“Is he not committed? Does he want to move on? Is he looking for a fresh challenge?
“For me, I would love to see him sign in terms of his importance to Spurs.”
Much has been made of the need for Mauricio Pochettino to back up the on-field progress since his arrival four years ago with silverware.
But there is surely an intrinsic connection between recent trophy near-misses and rumours linking their key players with exits from North London.
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Tottenham’s decade-long trophy drought coupled with reported interest from Real Madrid may have contributed to Eriksen’s hesitancy to pen a new deal.
Not that you would know it according to former England international Anderton; he praised the midfielder’s knack of being able to unlock stubborn defences and his match-winning qualities.
“He's the one who has got that little bit extra in the final third,” Anderton added.
“When teams come to Wembley and they sit there with 10 men behind the ball, it's his quality in that final third that can really make things happen out of nothing.
“I've said it for a few years now that he is, if not the key player, one of the most important players in that team.”
The 26-year-old’s quality has seldom been questioned and was in evidence once again on Wednesday night when his goal secured victory over Inter Milan and ensured the prolongation of Spurs’ Champions League campaign.
His current deal runs until 2020 and the battle to keep Eriksen at the club for the foreseeable future comes at a key crossroads ahead of their impending move to their new stadium.