Jose Mourinho Benches Christian Eriksen And Admits He's Unsure Over Dane's Spurs Future
Jose Mourinho admitted Christian Eriksen's Tottenham career could be over after benching him against West Ham on Saturday.
The Portuguese manager named his first team sheet since taking over as Spurs boss this week from Mauricio Pochettino.
And there was no room for Danish star Eriksen, who started Spurs' 3-2 win on the bench at London Stadium.
Eriksen's future at Tottenham was already up in the air under former boss Poch.
And Mourinho's arrival hasn't helped the Dane's prospects in the Tottenham team, judging by his first team selection this weekend.
Mourinho told BT Sport: "It's not just about continuity, this match is very important but our future is very, very important and I need to understand really what is in Christian's mind or heart, and we have to make the right decision for the club.
"On top of that I believe Lucas, Son, Alli and Kane are players with good understanding, trying to find the little time we've had to work to find the dynamic.
"I like the ideas but I like to work the ideas. Today is more about working the ideas, let's see if we can find happiness."
Eriksen came on for the final 12 minutes of Saturday's 3-2 win over West Ham.
Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura scored in the first half before Harry Kane added a third just after the break.
Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna made it a nervy ending for Spurs, but they held on for a perfect start under their new boss.
Mourinho was announced as Tottenham's new manager on Wednesday morning just hours after Pochettino was sacked.
In his first press conference for the club this week, Mourinho said his tough times and eventual sacking at Manchester United had humbled him.
"I am humble," Mourinho said. "I am humble enough to try to analyse my career. Not just the last year but the problems and the solutions.
"The principle of my analysis was not to blame anyone else. From an emotional point of view I'm relaxed, motivated and ready and I think the players felt that these two days.
"I'm ready and I'm here to support them. In life you go through periods like this, where it's not about myself, it's about my players and my club."