Christian Eriksen left for Tottenham in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Middlesbrough, despite speculation about his future.
The Dane, who is out of contract in the summer, is reportedly close to joining Inter this month.
Here, the PA News agency reviews its performance against Boro.
How was it received?
Perhaps Eriksen thought he had played his last game for the club after handing over the shirt to the crowd and apparently saying goodbye after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Liverpool. Maybe he expected a possible exit, or even just a night of rest, but he didn’t have the luck that Jose Mourinho had said before the game that he would start. The home fans had whistled Eriksen when he was beaten against Liverpool, shocked by a poor performance and perceived lack of effort. It was a shame to see, given the years of service he provided to Spurs, and there was a hint of mockery when the teams were read, even if he was cheered. Once the game started, there was little dissent, although any misplaced steps were perhaps treated more harshly when they came from Eriksen’s boot.
Signs of effort?
Eriksen’s form has been poor this season and coincided with him saying he wanted to leave in the summer. Mourinho said before the game that he understands why it happened and there have been times when the Dane seemed visibly disinterested. But there was no doubt about his desire or commitment against Boro while doing well on the pitch. He pressed hard, tracked when needed, and produced several lung braking strokes to keep up with fast breaks. It may not have been the case in some places this season, but this was a player who gave the maximum to the cause.
A few moments of quality?
In the past Eriksen was the conductor of the Spurs attack, with his silky passage and the diabolical crossing, gathering assistance after assistance. That element of his game practically disappeared this season because it was a waste of ball, while it became an ongoing joke as his kicks placed never beat the first man. But the Dane operated with a fair 86 percent completion rate. He went close with a low free kick in the first half and used the ball wisely. There was a time in the first half when he lost a scorer sharply, while he could easily have ended up on the scoresheet if his teammates had been more clinical with the passes.