Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ran the show for Tottenham Hotspur as they thrashed Leeds United in the Premier League on a day where Harry Kane and Heung-min Son became record-breakers.
Spurs responded to their midweek disappointment at Burnley with a convincing 4-0 victory over the division’s most leaky defence.
Three quickfire goals from Matt Doherty, Dejan Kulusevski and Kane put the game out of reach for the Yorkshiremen before Son capped off the fine display when he latched onto the perfect pass from the England international to slot past the home goalkeeper five minutes from time.
That late moment meant the Lilywhites duo became the deadliest duo in Premier League history by breaking the all-time record for goal combinations.
However, for all of their dominance in the final third, it was the provider for Kane’s effort who arguably controlled things at Elland Road.
As he led the starting XI for touches (76), Hojbjerg once again proved his immense worth to manager Antonio Conte, not only doing his usual defensive duties to a great effect but also evidently delivering in the opposition third.
Indeed, with that possession, the Denmark international provided 57 accurate passes from 64 attempts (89%), in which one was the key pass and chance created for Kane’s composed finish on the 27th-minute mark. He also managed a 100% dribble success rate.
Elsewhere, the 26-year-old registered three tackles, which was the most of any Spurs player on the day, as well as three clearances and one block, as per SofaScore.
Spurs are a much better outfit with the former Saints skipper in the starting lineup and performances like that one in west Yorkshire should stop the constant question marks over his influence in the engine room from some in the stands.
‘Used the ball well when Spurs broke and worked hard in front of the back three,’ wrote football.london reporter Alasdair Gold in his post-match ratings column, where Hojbjerg was graded an 8/10.
It was an all-round and dominant performance from Hojbjerg, one worthy of the sort of acclaim that both Son and Kane will receive as the two key attacking cogs of Conte’s side.
Hojbjerg arguably ran the proceedings at Elland Road.
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