Morten Olsen gives Eriksen some advice “The sweet shop is the second turning on the right”. Emirates boss wants the “New Laudrup”.
Arsenal are once again being linked with a swoop for 18-year-old Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen after a report in the News of the World claimed that the Dane had been recommended to Arsene Wenger by former star Dennis Bergkamp.
Bergkamp, who achieved legendary status in England during his eleven years at Arsenal, is currently a coaching at the famed Ajax Academy and is said to have been impressed by Eriksen’s speedy progression to first team duty. Hailed at the Amsterdam Arena as the greatest talent to be promoted from the club’s youth ranks since Brian Laudrup, Eriksen has already been capped at international level and is the youngest player to feature at the World Cup.
With Arsene Wenger known to favour recruiting young talent and with Bergkamp tipped to be brought into the Arsenal coaching fold in the coming years it appears that the opportunity on offer at the Emirates has seen the Gunners installed as favourites to land the exciting prospect.
Ajax boss Martin Jol is thought to be desperate to keep hold of Eriksen and recently persuaded the player to sign a new long-term contract tying him to the Dutch giants until 2014. Valued in the region of £15 million it is understood that several high-profile European sides including Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona are tracking the Danish protégé. (Sport.co.uk)
Now I am for getting hold of the best of the best that is coming through at club’s across Europe but perhaps we need to stop trying to buy up and coming talents and decide instead to invest the money in the finished product? £15m seems a high price to pay for a player who only made his first team debut in January!
For that money we could probably bring in a decent keeper and a back up centre back and those are positions we need to fill. Hopefully this talk of making a move for a player dubbed the “New Laudrup”, Brian or Michael, is merely paper talk but it does seem that Arsene is a fan.
This summer we need to bring in experience to balance the youth. Our boss knows this so all should be fine. I am sure that Dennis Bergkamp knows what he is talking about when it comes to spotting quality young talent but we have about a dozen top notch players of 20 and under who are still finding hard to get a game.
Carlos Vela may leave, Jack Wilshere could be loaned out to Bolton again, Fran Merida has gone. These are three very talented youngsters who simply can not get a game, so why bring in another teen who is just going to have to be loaned out or put on the bench?