Natalie Sawyer has claimed that it ‘annoys me’ that, back in January, clubs weren’t willing to ‘take that risk’ on Christian Eriksen, but now the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United are keen to sign him, as she told talkSPORT.
The talkSPORT presenter, who is a Brentford fan, shared that it would be a ‘feel-good’ story if Eriksen signed a new contract with the Bees this summer.
In January, Eriksen returned to football after over half a year on the sidelines following his collapse at Euro 2020, with the newly-promoted outfit putting their faith in the player, despite his inactivity and that major health scare.
The 30-year-old shone bright with the West London club, losing only twice from his ten Premier League starts, and helping Thomas Frank’s side to survival.
But now that Eriksen has showcased he still has magic at his feet, clubs up and down the land want to bring him to their club, including his former side, Tottenham.
Understandably so, Sawyer wants the Denmark international to stay put at Brentford, as she also shared her thoughts on other clubs now being keen to take him on board.
“It annoys me when people say, ‘he came in, did his job, kept Brentford up and he was the reason they stayed up’,” said Sawyer. “It’s not the reason Brentford stay up.
“He helped to bring quality to the team that, at the time, was lacking, but we had a lot of injuries as well, which was a big reason as to why we went on a bit of a blip. It would be lovely to see him stay. I am not one to say that someone owes you something. I don’t think life works like that, unfortunately.
“But I think it would be a feel-good story and it would be a bigger story if he stayed than when he signed originally.
“What annoys me, and this is where I get biased and emotional, is that nobody wanted to take that risk on Eriksen when he wanted to come back playing football. Brentford went through all the insurances to make sure everything was done in the right way to get him back playing.
“Now, everyone is saying ‘he has done alright, let’s get him to our club’. So, that’s the only thing that annoys me about this situation. Equally, I understand his contract has come to an end, he didn’t want that option for a two-year contract.”
ERIKSEN SHOULD STAY AT BRENTFORD
It’s understandable that the lure to a bigger club or European football would attract the interest of Eriksen, but in January, it was Brentford who put their faith in him.
He was outstanding in their colours and he would lift the whole club, from top to bottom, if he signed a long-term contract with them.
The issue is that when Eriksen initially left Spurs, back in 2020, he did so to win trophies and that’s exactly what happened at Inter Milan, then the unfortunate accident at Euro 2020 happened.
If he is to join another team, other than Brentford, then surely he has to pick one that’s in Europe, but will also near-on guarantee him that trophy.
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