In an exclusive interview with FootballFanCast, Tottenham Hotspur legend Gary Mabbutt has tipped Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to become Jose Mourinho’s next captain.
The Danish international made the switch from Southampton during the summer transfer window, costing just £15m with Kyle Walker-Peters also going in the other direction for £12m, meaning chairman Daniel Levy has only risked an outlay of £3m on the midfield powerhouse.
And what a bargain that has turned out to be thus far, with the 25-year-old starting nine of ten matches across both the Premier League and Europa League.
Mabutt, who is still one of the club’s longest-serving players believes Hojbjerg can make a name for himself in north London, going as far as hinting towards him taking the armband off current skipper Hugo Lloris one day.
“I think Pierre Hojbjerg has got the potential of creating that own place for himself and making sure that everyone talks about him in the future as being the one that other people have to fill the void for when he leaves.
“You have to create a team where you have people that when things aren’t going well, they can actually turn things around. When things are going well you continue to lift them and don’t let them rest on their laurels.
“Pierre, I think, can be groomed into being a captain of Spurs.”
It is a responsibility that Hojbjerg has already held in his relatively short career having been named Saints skipper until June this year – Ralph Hasenhuttl stripped him of the captaincy amid uncertainty over his future.
In north London, he has excelled, averaging 2.3 tackles, 1.8 clearances and 0.8 key passes per game, via WhoScored. It’s no wonder Mourinho and Mabbutt are huge fans.
Given his experience and role in the team, the £50k-per-week star will certainly be one of the top contenders for when that day does eventually arrive.
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