TIA Reserve Team
- Apr 14, 2009
Eriksen started at 10 for Ajax, but has since moved to the (left) half position. That's the 4-3-3 midfield designation (aka playing with the point backwards) for the left-most of the 2 more advanced CM's. Modric also started at 10, Pirlo too, before both moving back a line or two over the years.Good suggestion, only ones I could think of off top of head that have both the passing pedigree and goal threat capability to play a "number 10" role behind a "false 9" who were grand enough for LFC were unlikely to come here like Kevin Prince Boetang or Mesut Oezil, a bit older and a gamble like Keisuke Honda, already here if Stevie G can develop trust in the guys behind them an stop dropping back or Christian Eriksen.
Not saying the "number 10 with false 9" option is only way we can go but most of the other tactical options seem to require moving Suarez wide or switching formation, not sure either will happen although my personal preference is Suarez wide and a traditional centre forward.
Ajax have Eriksen on their books at â‚¬18m, but would expect â‚¬20m+. He has a contract until 2014. Negotiations are on-going to extend to 2016, but at the moment it's still somewhat up in the air. Ajax will come back around Christmas. Plenty of players Ajax could buy to replace him, if there was to be an offer for Eriksen in excess of â‚¬20m+. These are the type of players I'd be far more interested in, to be honest.
For example, Filip Djuricic of Heerenveen would cost about â‚¬6m max in January, maybe â‚¬4m next summer. Dubbed "The Balkan Cruyff", Djuricic ( just 20 y.o.) is hugely talented. ManU had him on trial in 2009, but there were work-permit issues. He's broken the Serbian NT this year, so no work permit issues anymore. Djuricic is already so good ...and he has the potential to be a simply massive player. Touch, insight, technique, scoring .. he possesses the lot. Adam Maher is another number 10 (â‚¬8m from AZ) that I rate highly . Marco van Ginkel (â‚¬6m from Vitesse) is another great prospect. I'd take Djuricic anyday though. Already almost Eriksen level and at a quarter of the price. BR said earlier that we need to get smart and try to find the players ...before they become superstars.
I do actually rate Eriksen highly. Look at http://www.uefa.com/...yers/index.html ...and then filter it for distance. He has covered the most ground of any player in this season's CL Group stage. In a better team, he mightn't have needed to do so much running, and thus concentrate more on what he does best i.e. on-the-ball stuff. Ajax is not quite there at the moment (and we are not quite there either) though both LFC and Ajax play the same system nowadays. Eriksen has great talent, but if I was asked to choose between an Eriksen at â‚¬25m or a Djuricic at â‚¬5m - it would be the latter every day of the week. Eriksen at â‚¬25m would be a massive gamble, Djuricic at â‚¬5m would be no gamble at all. In terms of potential and actual ability, they're really not that far apart.
I do believe that we need a very technical player at number 10 (or left-half) to push us on. We don't exactly have anyone of that profile currently ...one technically very good and one who can thread a ball through, launch the wingers quickly and also score as well. Eriksen would tick a lot of boxes, but he'd also be extremely expensive. Much cheaper alternatives are available as well.