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Christian Eriksen bags assist in Brentford friendly debut


Video: Christian Eriksen bags assist in Brentford friendly debut

 

Christian Eriksen returned to the pitch in encouraging fashion on Monday, during a friendly outing with Thomas Frank’s Brentford.

News of midfielder Eriksen’s return to the Premier League, of course, was made official this day last week.

After an agreement for the 29-year-old to take his talents to west London was struck between the two parties on transfer deadline day in January, the Dane was unveiled as a Brentford player ahead of the 2nd half of the campaign.

And, as alluded to above, on Monday, the Bees faithful have been provided with a first opportunity to see the latest addition to their squad in action in the club’s colours.

This comes with Eriksen having featured for 60 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly meeting with Southend United.

Brentford eventually emerged on the right side of a 3-2 scoreline, with their Danish midfield star, as showcased in the footage below, having taken little time to make his first telling impact.

After winning the ball back in midfield, Eriksen quickly laid on an assist courtesy of a simple pass, capping a fine day all round in west London:

Horrific Euro 2020 scenes

Eriksen’s Premier League comeback of course marks a special one for so much more than simply his predicted impact on Brentford’s midfield.

This comes with the former Tottenham Hotspur standout, just last summer, having set pulses racing across the globe owing to a frightening collapse at the European Championships.

During Denmark’s group stage showdown with Finland, Eriksen, out of the blue, went to ground on the sideline owing to a cardiac arrest, with only a miraculous effort on the part of teammate Simon Kjaer and the medical team in attendance at the clash having ultimately prevented the worst.

Video: Christian Eriksen bags assist in Brentford friendly debut

Denmark’s midfielder Christian Eriksen warms up before the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B football match between Denmark and Finland at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 12, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / various sources / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite enjoying a full recovery, the 29-year-old subsequently saw his contract with Inter Milan terminated a short time later, after the Nerazzurri’s hands were left tied by Serie A’s rules surrounding players being fitted with cardioverter-defibrillators.

Just six months on, though, after spending time recovering match fitness in his home country, Eriksen is back in the Premier League, with both he, and the English game as a whole, all the better for it.

 

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