Tottenham Hotspur signed the Ajax midfielder in August 2013 after a long pursuit and ahead of a number of top European clubs and Liverpool.
The Dane had been playing first team football since he was 18 at the Amsterdam club, after joining them from Odense in Denmark as a 16 year old for 1 million Euros. His talent as a youth player stood him out from the crowd and his move to Odense from his home-town club of Middlefart elevated him to a stage where he excelled in youth tournaments, catching the eye of a number of bigger clubs.
Christian went on trial with Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid, but he gave a lot of thought to his next move, plumping for Ajax, as he believed it would be best for his development.
It took just 16 months for him to step up to make his first team debut for Ajax and he had then manager (and former Spurs boss) Martin Jol likening him to former Ajax players Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart and Michael Laudrup. His initial two and a half year deal was extended until the summer of 2014 and in 2010-11, Eriksen took over in midfield as a creator and impressed so much that he won the Danish Talent of the Year award in December 2010 and the Dutch equivalent in May 2011.
His importance to the team was evident with his ability to create chances (135 in 2012-13 alone) with his perceptive passing and ability to commit opponents when running with the ball, as well as chipping in with goals to complement those he made. His contribution to winning three Dutch titles in succession was vital to the club, but with a year remaining on his contract, Eriksen decided that it was time to leave the Amsterdam Arena and he was allowed to talk to clubs in the summer of 2013.
Being a strong-minded individual, Christian shunned interest from a number of clubs to move to Tottenham to progress his career, drawing in a fee of £11.5 million for Ajax. Although Christian could play in a variety of positions, it is his ability to provide the 'fantasy' in his position of the “number 10” in the team was a key in Spurs signing the Danish international and his arrival was regarded as a real coup for the club.
A first season hit by injury saw Christian come good towards the end of the campaign, but he really started to shine under Mauricio Pochettino in the 2014-15 season, scoring late goals and creating opportunities to become a major player in the side. His ability to float along with the ball before picking out a killer pass, making him one of the top players to assist goals during his time in the Premier League. Eriksen chipped in with vital late goals to win games for Tottenham and became dangerous from free-kicks, either scoring from them or setting others up with crosses. Possibly the best passer of the ball since Glenn Hoddle, the Dane became an integral part of Pochettino's side, adding a work-rate to his skill to defend when Spurs didn't have the ball as the Head Coach applied a pressing game.
Starring in Denmark's side as captain, Christian took on the responsibility to lead his country to Championship finals, often being the main scorer in the team.
As the player came towards the end of his Spurs contract in 2020, he declared that he would not renew his deal and he wanted to try something new. This left Pochettino with a dilemma. Should he play the midfielder knowing that he would not be part of the future of his side or keep using him to keep the team successful. After playing his part in the club reaching the 2019 Champions League final, that game saw him perform below his standards and it marked a watershed in his Spurs career. The team were not the same in the 2019-20 season and Eriksen's standard of performance dropped, causing some fans to abuse him for his stance on his future.
As the January 2020
transfer window opened, Christian was still involved
with the team, sometimes as a substitute, until a deal
was finally struck for him to leave to join
Internazionale, with his declared preference for a move
to Real Madrid not materialising. The deal was
drawn out, but with the player being able to leave for
free in the summer, Daniel Levy negotiated a fee of 17.5
million, whereas Eriksen had been talked of as a 80
million pound player, just six months before.