Former ​Arsenal star Paul Merson believes that the Lilywhites would miss out on Champions League spots if they let go of Christian Eriksen this month. The Dane has been linked with a move out of the club with both ​Real Madrid and ​Juventus ​linked.

Merson believes that Eriksen’s departure could cost them big time as he was crucial in Tottenham making the comeback against Aston Villa in their first game of the league with his amazing vision.

“I’d go as far as to say that if he went before the transfer window shuts, I’d be surprised if they got into the top four,” Merson was quoted as saying by The Boot Room.

“Eriksen came on [against Aston Villa] and it was a completely different last 25 minutes. He put the ball through the eye of a needle, he played little one-twos and he has vision.”

Merson then stated that he found the decision to not start him in the last game “strange” and also added that he thinks the former Ajax star is going to stay at the club but warned the Lilywhites about losing him for free next summer.

“It was a strange one [not starting him]. You do not want to lose him before the window closes. I think he’ll stay at Spurs, but he’ll have a contract sorted out in January to leave on a free next year.”