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We all remember watching the Euro 2020 match between Denmark and Finland when Denmark’s best player Christian Eriksen collapsed near the touchline.
It was said to be cardiac arrest rather than a heart attack – and this indicates some irregularities in the heart, rather than food related issues.
It was June 20 last year and the player had to leave Inter-Milan after being fitted with an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) as the Italian League banned the use of such devices.
Here is what the ICD is supposed to do:
The defibrillator responds to life-threatening heart rhythms and can deliver a shock to reset the heart rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Eriksen was available to sign in January, and while Newcastle were reportedly interested, Brentford FC were the club that gave the former Spurs man his big chance to get back into the game, and he has previously played for Denmark on the international scene.
Christian made his Brentford debut against Newcastle no less on February 26 in the second half when he came on as a substitute, and he received applause from both sets of fans and both sets of players.
It was an emotional moment.
There have been 5 games since Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Brentford Community Stadium, and the Bees have won four and lost one to Leicester City 2-1 – so 12 points from 5 games and Eriksen has looked excellent.
So it’s still a bit of a surprise that Newcastle are now heavily linked with signing Eriksen this summer as a free agent, as his contract from Brentford was for 6 months.
Since he seemed to have proven himself quickly in the Premier League there will be a number of big clubs after him but if Newcastle can sign Eriksen we will be a team next season because Eriksen has proven he can score goals from almost anywhere.
Hopefully that happens, and of course it will put Newcastle in the great and brave story of Christian Eriksen making a fantastic return to top-flight football.
It was after what felt like a tragedy when the player’s heart stopped on the pitch, in that international game.
But Eriksen may also choose to stay at the Bees, as they were the club that trusted the 30-year-old when they needed him most.
We’ll see, but this lad is world class, there’s no doubt about it – ask the Brentford fans!
Let us know what you think of Eriksen possibly joining Newcastle United this summer.