Former Denmark national team player John Sivebæk has admitted he cannot understand how Christian Eriksen does not play for Inter more regularly.
The 28-year-old attacking midfielder joined the Nerazzurri in January last year in a cut-price deal from Tottenham Hotspur but has far from performed to expectations.
Eriksen has performed so poorly in fact that he is being widely tipped with a departure from the club in this transfer window with him having been linked to a variation of clubs, from Paris Saint-Germain to Ajax.
Eriksen has made 13 appearances across all competitions to date this term, the majority of which have come as a substitute and in his time on the park he has failed to make any goal contributions.
In an interview with Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Sivebæk, who was part of the 1992 European Championship winning Denmark side, labelled Eriksen as one of Denmark’s best.
“It is true that we Danes need to have some time to adapt, the tempo is different in other countries,” he said.
“For me Eriksen is one of the best players we’ve had in Denmark, I don’t understand how he can’t play for a team like Inter.”
He then went on to share some potential reasons behind Eriksen’s struggles in Milan.
“Maybe the language, maybe the adaptation, but he is a great player,” he mused.
“Then it also comes down to the coach and his teammates.
“You need to give him time but obviously they don’t have time at Inter.”
Inter’s eight-game winning streak in Serie A came to an end today when they were beaten at Sampdoria, but Antonio Conte’s side remain one point behind league leaders AC Milan following the Rossoneri’s defeat by Juventus this evening.