Darren Bent is not at all convinced that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the answer to Tottenham’s problems in midfield, amidst rumours that the club are readying a move for the Southampton star.
Hojbjerg has been one of Southampton’s most consistent performers for the last few seasons but arguably had his best individual year this time around.
Spurs reportedly tried to sign the midfielder during the January transfer window (Sky Sports) and reports suggest that they are ready to return for his services this summer (The Mirror: 6 March, page 62).
Reacting to the Danish international’s comments, some Spurs fans on social media urged the club to snap him up as they felt he would be a solid addition to the squad.
However, Bent feels that Hojbjerg is not of the desired quality that Tottenham need and insisted that the midfielder will not improve the side.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Spurs star said: “Listen, Hojbjerg’s a very good player and he’s had a fantastic season at Southampton but you look at someone like him and go: ‘Is he going to make them better?’
“This is a team that’s got to be competing for Champions Leagues and trophies. If they get Hojbjerg and maybe lose Ndombele, does he make them that much better? Will he be a player other players look at and go: ‘I want to go and play with him?’ I’m not quite sure.
“When you look at Spurs, and I’m not disrespecting Hojbjerg one bit, he’s had a very, very good season, look at where Spurs have come from in the last eight years or whatever, you talk about Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Wanyama – they’ve had so many very good midfielder players.
“All of sudden you think: ‘Hold on a second here, yes Hojbjerg’s a very good player but will he make them better where people go Spurs are really serious?’ I’m not so sure.”
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Hojbjerg might not be as exciting a name as someone like Geoffrey Kondogbia but he can be a decent addition as the Dane is yet to reach his peak and already has a considerable amount of Premier League experience under his belt. We also have to remember that we aren’t likely to have much in the way of transfer funds to work with this summer and so the Southampton star could be an economical option given that he only has a year to run on his deal with the Saints.
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