Some Spurs fans on social media have called for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to be dropped from the starting eleven following Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Antonio Conte started with his favoured 3-4-3 against Palace, including Hojbjerg starting alongside Oliver Skipp in front of the back three and Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura upfront.
All three of Tottenham’s forwards got on the scoresheet as Spurs eased to a 3-0 win.
Apart from the first 20 minutes, the home side were in full control of the game and the match resembled a training exercise after Wilfried Zaha’s sending off in the 37th minute.
However, despite Spurs’ comfortable win, some fans on social media have claimed that the team could be improved by playing Harry Winks in the middle of the park over Hojbjerg.
While some were critical of the 26-year-old’s pressing, others were even harsher, questioning what the Dane does apart from running around and screaming at his teammates.
Or against 11 play with 11 and never start Højbjerg
— BBuk (@loveladieslikeu) December 26, 2021
Would really like to see Winks & Skipp in the middle. Hojbjerg's passing is awful!
— Roddy (@roddysrealm) December 26, 2021
Genuinely want to know what does Højbjerg offer the team
— Younes 🇵🇸 (@tortureham) December 26, 2021
notice how bad Højbjerg has been ever since we needed him to do more than press and scream
— Shehryar 🇵🇰 (@NotShehryarThfc) December 26, 2021
Emerson and Højbjerg holding us back from being title contenders
— 🌪 (@thfcVC) December 26, 2021
Højbjerg off , that guy thinks he is winks
— 🇩🇰🤍Bager (@HarryBager) December 26, 2021
Why does Højbjerg keep getting angry when he is the one making mistakes
— Rasmus (@Rasmusthfc) December 26, 2021
Hopefully this is the end of hojbjerg https://t.co/DVU2LNz5OC
— antonios blue n white army 🇮🇹🇮🇹 (@kaneszn1) December 26, 2021
Standing in his position as Hojbjerg charges around like a spaniel who wants him to throw a stick in the park. https://t.co/efBjYXOQKn
— Forza Bahab (@Forzabahab) December 26, 2021
Since Conte took over, can’t lie Skipp > Hojbjerg. The kid is a serious serious talent #THFC
— Ste (@steethfc) December 27, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
Hojbjerg certainly has his flaws, particularly on the ball and I do believe Skipp has now become more important to the side than the Dane. However, the former Southampton man certainly has some important attributes, including his intelligence and defensive awareness.
I do not understand why some Spurs fans constantly need to be scapegoating one player or the other. Now that some have moved on from the Winks and Dier bashing, Hojbjerg appears to be their next target. We should appreciate the 26-year-old for the qualities he has rather than focus on his weaknesses.
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