Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has hailed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as the “best midfield player” in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Hojbjerg was signed by ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho last summer and managed to make a positive impact following his arrival from Southampton.
His impact was so good that it led to his team-mates and Mourinho himself calling him Zidane.
The Portuguese manager has obviously since left Tottenham, but that has not affected Hojbjerg. On WhoScored, the 26-year-old currently has an average match rating of 7.03 (Premier League only), only Son Heung-min (7.07) and Lucas Moura (7.09) have recorded better averages in Tottenham’s squad.
On Hojbjerg, Roberts simply said to FFC: “I think Hojbjerg is the best midfielder [at Tottenham].”
Last season, Hojbjerg averaged 2.6 tackles per game in the Premier League, the second-highest average in Spurs’ squad, so it is easy to see what he brings to the pitch.
After Harry Kane and Son, the Denmark international is arguably the north London club’s most valuable player.
The last couple of weeks have been disappointing for Hojbjerg and his team-mates, losing London derbies to Chelsea and Crystal Palace, 3-0 on both occasions.
But with the quality of the former Southampton man, Kane and Son, you would expect them to bounce back in the league soon.