Rio Ferdinand has conceded he was wrong to be skeptical about Erik ten Hag’s decision to take a gamble on signing Christian Eriksen during the summer transfer window.
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The Denmark international made a remarkable comeback from the heart scare that threatened his life, let alone his career, last season with Brentford where he impressed during a brief six-month stint.
Eriksen had the opportunity to sign a long-term contract with the west London club but instead opted to take up Ten Hag’s offer and become an essential part of the Dutchman’s rebuilding project.
After being asked to play in unfamiliar roles during the defeats against Brighton and Brentford last month, Eriksen has returned to his customary midfield role and quickly become an essential cog in Ten Hag’s midfield engine room.
The 30-year-old displayed all of his craft and guile during a man of the match performance on Sunday in a 3-1 win over Arsenal and Ferdinand admitted he was wrong to have doubted the former Tottenham star.
He told Vibe: ‘Can I give a special, special shout out to my man of the match Christian Eriksen?
‘I have to hold my hand up I was one of those who was skeptical about the signing. It’s another signing I’m sure from Erik ten Hag it was his decision to take him.
‘At the moment you cannot argue with that decision. In the game today his passing, the first one when he wrapped it with the eyes took out about five players in the Arsenal team.
‘The other one where he plays it to Bruno and he puts it in for Rashford and obviously the assist. His forward passing is up there with the best in the league at the moment.
‘I was a bit skeptical asking what’s he going to bring, it he going to start? Well yes he’s starting and yes he’s producing so Eriksen I salute you.’
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