Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen endured a sub par display for Denmark in the week as they suffered an injury time defeat to Portugal in their Euro 2016 qualifier and his performance drew some quite startling criticism from national coach Morten Olsen.
Comments raise memories of a David Ginola mistake for France several years ago and the manager was clear as far as blame was concerned.
“After so many matches he could pick up the ball and help to control the game. He has not been able to,” Olsen said.
“Therefore, we blame him. He must stand up to the criticism, and he does too.”
“It is a brutal world, otherwise you have to play at another level. It is not Ajax any more, this is not development.”
The player responded by holding his hand up to some of the criticism.
“I was on the ball and should have brought myself more into the game,” said Christian.
“I am not getting the results in terms of goals and assists and that is not what I want. You can always hope to give your best but it was not one of those days.”
Reports have picked up on these comments and suggested that Christian Eriksen has not improved at Spurs but is that fair and is the Dane suffering from difficult second season syndrome at the Lane?