Brentford manager reveals what he told Hojbjerg during his under 17 days

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Brentford manager, Thomas Frank, has revealed to the Telegraph that he told Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg that he could ‘become a world-class player’ while coaching him with Denmark U17’s.

Frank has just got Brentford promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs where they beat Swansea 2-0.

However, at his previous job with Denmark’s U17, he revealed just how impressed he was with Tottenham’s midfield enforcer, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at the time.

He said: “I coached Hojbjerg for three years in the Danish youth teams.

“I said to him, when he was in the under-17 national team, that he could be a world-class holding midfielder. Back then he was more of an advanced midfielder, often playing as a No 10.

“On the ball, his technical ability is extremely strong: he has a great first touch and a wide passing range. He is a very good passer, and he protects the ball well.

“He also has physicality and pace. He has the potential to be one of the best sitting midfielders in the Premier League.”

Hojbjerg played a key role in Demark’s memorable road to the Euro 2020 semi-final but just lost out to England at Wembley. The midfielder played every single minute of Spurs’ Premier League campaign since signing for the club in the transfer window last summer.

He was also ever-present for Denmark in their run to the semi-finals which was an incredible achievement, especially with the trauma and tragedy the squad and nation went through with Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest in the first game against Finland.

Hojbjerg gave Denmark steel in midfield but also shone with the ball at his feet – providing an impressive three assists in the tournament.

SpursWeb Opinion

Hojbjerg is just a class act. He was one of Spurs’ best performers last season and most Spurs fans would wholeheartedly agree with Thomas Frank’s points.

Nuno will no doubt build the side around Hojbjerg’s presence. He’s a leader off the pitch; setting a great example for those around him.

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