At the Euros in 2021 we all watched on in shock as Danish superstar Christian Eriksen collapsed mid match suffering a Cardiac Arrest. We all watched in horror as one of the best players in the world collapsed only to be saved by one of his Danish teammates Simon Kjaer. Kjaer’s quick response and actions were credited with playing a vital part in saving Eriksen’s life. Fans around the stadium and in there homes feared the worst as we watched them carry Eriksen from the fields. Twitter was awash with post wishing hoping and praying for him to be ok.
Now after being told, he was not going to be cleared to play in Italy for Inter Milan again due to being fitted with a cardioverter defibrillator. Inter Milan were willing to walk away from Eriksen’s contract if a club could be found. Realising he would need to maintain football shape he began training alone at his former club Odense BK in Denmark.
Considering the reports after the event were saying that he would likely never play again. For Christian to be training in Denmark just 6 months after his collapse in pursuit of move to prolong his career is nothing short of remarkable. It is a true testament to is work ethic and the quick reaction of his teammates and medical staff when he went down that we see him training and preparing to make his return in the coming weeks.
At the end of the January transfer window Christian was picked up on a free transfer by Brentford FC in the Premier League. Marking a return to the Premier League for the first time since his move from Tottenham to Inter in 2020 after 7 years with the North London side. He now returns to London where he will join up with his Danish teammates Christian Norgaard and Mathias Jensen and be reunited with his Denmark U17’s manager and current Brentford FC manager Thomas Frank.
Eriksen’s move to Brentford is nothing short of a coup for the smaller premier league team. To have a player like Christian in their squad will be a massive boost for the team as they push to avoid relegation in there first season in the Premier League. But also, it is a great move for Eriksen himself. If he can produce the type of form that saw him become one of the best midfielders in the Premier League during his time at Tottenham, it will no doubt transform the whole situation at Brentford. Although we may have to wait before we see him in a premier league game. He hasn’t trained with a team for over 7 months and while he has been keeping fit bit training at Odense and Ajax over the past couple of months, he still needs to become match fit.
The very fact that in June one of the best players in world football collapsed with a cardiac arrest which could have potentially not just ended his career but also taken his life, and now 7 months down the road, he has found a new team and is preparing to play top division football again. And for the side hes joining it is a huge boost to their Survival hopes, although there not doing to bad so far sitting 7 points clear of the drop zone. His arrival will surely spark life into the squad with a little over half the season to go.