Great fairy tales rarely involve the transition from San Siro to the shadows of the Chiswick Overpass.
But if Brentford does agree to sign Christian Eriksen, it will be the most intriguing and inspiring story of the transfer window.
We often talk about great comebacks being the essence of a great sport.
And we don’t often talk about a man ‘dead’ for five minutes on the football field, then switched to playing in the Premier League seven months later.
No one who watched Denmark play Finland at the Euros last summer will never forget the harrowing hour following the Danish player’s demise due to cardiac arrest. as we wait to find out if a 29-year-old elite athlete is still breathing.
Those of us who were at White Hart Lane when Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba suffered a similar breakdown in 2012 have experienced chilling flashbacks.
Out of that 35,000 crowd that fell so suddenly, and the silence was unimaginable.
In the press pews that night, we wrote stories about the horrifying play, not knowing whether Muamba would be alive or dead when our papers appeared in the stands the following Sunday morning.
It is a given that Muamba never played football again. That he was alive, and that he was fit and healthy, felt that way was enough.
After Eriksen’s demise, it was an unwritten but accepted fact that his playing career was over.
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Eriksen was fitted with an implantable defibrillator – this prevented him from playing professional sport under Italian law and led to his departure from Inter Milan, where he won the Scudetto under Antonio Conte last season.
However, there is no such legislation in England and Eriksen, backed by medical advice, believes he can play at the highest level – with his stated goal of representing Denmark Circuit at the Qatar World Cup in November.
That still feels like a serious long shot and Brentford’s six-month contract offer is a serious one.
The Bees’ Danish manager Thomas Frank has hired eight of his countrymen on his competition staff, so Brentford Community Stadium, below the M4’s elevated section, will provide give Eriksen a home-like home.
The Premier League’s new boys have provided a host of interesting stories this season – opening night win over Arsenal, thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool and how they dominated Chelsea in a tight defeat against the European champions.
However, that doesn’t compare to the scene where Eriksen emerges from the bench to return in a top-flight game.
Brentford are media darlings, backed by stellar PR engineering, and, yes, there might be an element of Ong emulating their good boy image here. However, what’s wrong with being kind?
And other Premier League clubs have also shown interest in the prospect of signing Eriksen.
This is a football player of great talent, endowed with rare intelligence and dexterity.
And, brutally blunt, he will be paid a fraction of his previous salary.
There is still a feeling that the former Tottenham man will not be able to have a significant influence on Premier League games again but it is certainly worth a try.
And what a story if it happens. If Eriksen can afford to secure a long-term contract and then go to Qatar with Denmark.
Football is an old-fashioned business – and often never more so than when the transfer window opens.
So we can all do with a contract to cheer up the soul.
Gib ’em a break
MIDDLESBROUGH owner Steve Gibson has always been regarded as a decent and kind football fan.
So why does he seem to be trying to knock Derby County out of existence?
Gibson wants Derby to pay £45m as previous owner Mel Morris introduced Financial Fair Play rules during the 2018-19 season.
That season, the Rams took the final place in the playoffs with Boro one point and behind.
This £45m represents a quarter of what Boro would have earned if they finished sixth and secured promotion.
But with Boro sitting 17th next season and needing to beat Leeds and Aston Villa to secure that promotion, it seems like an ambulance chase.
Derby is in administrative power and has to be relegated to League One after being deducted 21 points.
Gibson’s legal bid and one from Wycombe, relegated last season with Derby staying, could liquidate County.
Why didn’t Gibson call the dogs?
After Rafa Benitez was sacked by Everton, Watford manager Claudio Ranieri told us: “You’re probably not used to that in England.
“But in Italy, they change the manager just like they buy an ice cream.”
Dude, they got used to it at Watford. And you haven’t won in eight games.
Bat is so sad
As someone who used to play cricket for the worst state school in Romford, it is sad to see that the game is now considered – quite legally – only for posh boys.
Cricket is almost non-existent in public schools and those educated in public schools are almost non-existent in the England team.
While the racism crisis shows a lack of integration beyond class and wealth.
So it’s not just a case of mourning a disastrous Ashes tour.
Cricket is now slowly drifting away from our national consciousness as it did in the West Indies a generation ago.
It may never come back.
TWELVE Premier League win in a row, 11 points leading in January, just imagine if Manchester City had a real centre-back.
And just imagine how uncompetitive the league could become if they signed next season…
It’s not okay
American author Frank Herbert wrote: “To doubt your own death is to know the beginning of terror.
He never lived long enough to experience the shock of discovering that D’Margio Wright-Phillips – Ian Wright’s 20-year-old GRANDSON – was man of the match for Stoke City on Sunday.
We all age, my friends.
MANCHESTER UNITED started this season as a contender for the title.
Now, however, they are locked in a battle for fourth place with a derbies club, another whose manager seems keen to leave after just ten weeks in charge and a third person continued to bury his head in the glass ceiling.
Cristiano Ronaldo is right when he says that United should never settle with the challenge of fourth.
But if they can’t even lift themselves above Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham, then Ralf Rangnick’s test will be even worse than that of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
I WATCH Andy Carroll score two of the best goals of the game in a 7-0 home loss last week – both worlds, ruled out by narrow offside situations – while Reading was just a goal conceded against Fulham.
But big man Geordie, earning a lot of money at Reading, still looks like a serious player and if Burnley don’t want to sign him to aid their bid to escape relegation, they will miss a trick.
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https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8222414/dave-kidd-christian-eriksen-brentford/ The return to the Premier League for the brave Christian Eriksen after a heart attack at Euro 2020 is a fairy tale worth admiring