Christian Eriksen is still only playing at 90% of his potential at Inter, according to the Nerazzurri’s former defender Thomas Helveg.
The Dane has enjoyed an unexpected second wind at Inter since coming close to leaving the club during the January transfer window.
Antonio Conte has finally managed to integrate Eriksen into his midfield by moving the 29-year-old into a deeper role, but Helveg thinks he still has more to give.
“Eriksen is at 90% and I’m convinced he can do more,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview for Wednesday’s print edition.
“It’s a happy moment for him, like a breath of fresh air.
“Beforehand Eriksen was disappointed and it seemed like he would have to leave Inter, but then he stayed and he’s taken his second chance.
“If Conte’s side were to win the league, I’d be happy for Eriksen: winning the Scudetto is a special thing.”
Inter are six points clear of AC Milan, another of Helveg’s former teams, at the top of the Serie A standings with 11 games left.
Conte’s side still have a game in hand though, which they will play against Sassuolo on April 7, giving them a healthy advantage ahead of the Scudetto run-in.
“Two months ago I’d have said AC Milan were the favourites, now they are not,” Helveg added.
“The Rossoneri have gone through a period where they were struggling while Inter are travelling at a great pace.
“The Nerazzurri have a considerable advantage now, and if they or AC Milan won the league it would be a good sign for Serie A.
“Juventus would no longer be the kings of the league and their series of Scudetti would be interrupted.”
Helveg spent just one season at Inter after a far more successful five-year spell at AC Milan, making 32 appearances for the Nerazzurri during the 2003-04 campaign.