Bundesliga forward explains why Andres Iniesta’s Barcelona announcement is bad news for Spurs

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Christian Eriksen would shine as Andres Iniesta’s replacement at Barcelona, according to RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen.

Prior to the Catalan giants splashing out £142m to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in the January transfer window, the Denmark international was heavily linked with a switch to the Camp Nou.

The 26-year-old was watched regularly by scouts from the La Liga leaders and was even approached in regards to turning talk of a transfer into a reality.

However, Barca were reportedly informed by the north London outfit that signing Eriksen would be “as impossible as signing Coutinho, or even more so” and therefore the playmaker has remained with the Lilywhites and continues to play a key role in under head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Although, following confirmation that Iniesta will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, there’s been some suggestions that the Catalan giants will renew their interest in the attacking midfielder.

Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the opening goal against Manchester United at Wembley

A player of the Spaniard’s calibre would be difficult to replace, but Poulsen has backed his compatriot to do exactly that should a switch to Spain transpire this summer.

“Yes. Of course there will be more competition at Barcelona than at Tottenham,” Poulsen told Omnisport, as reported by FourFourTwo. “He has got a very good standing at Tottenham right now and he has to ascertain if it is the right moment.

“Of course there will be a vacancy if Andres Iniesta leaves the club and Christian Eriksen has definitely the quality to compete on the highest level. Therefore I understand why Barcelona is interested in him.”

Eriksen has previously insisted that he’s happy at Spurs despite admitting it is a dream of his to play in Spain.

“To be honest, I dont think about it. You play football in the moment, but you also have your own dreams,” he said in an interview with Danish publication BT. “Dreams are one thing, but what is realistic isn’t clear until its laid out on the table.

“Right now I think, most of us are very happy to be in Tottenham, and so am I.”

To state Eriksen’s importance to the Lilywhites, he’s scored 14 goals and weighed in with 12 assists in 43 appearances across all competitions this season.

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