‘He thinks he’s better than he is’ – Paul Merson hits out at popular Spurs star

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Paul Merson has made a big claim about Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, stating the Dane ‘thinks he’s better than he is’. 

The former Arsenal midfielder has been previewing the upcoming North London Derby this weekend with 90min, alongside ex-Spurs man Jamie O’Hara. 

Both men were quizzed on creating a combined starting line-up of Spurs and Arsenal players ahead of the clash on Sunday and got to a sticking point in midfield, which led to Merson having something to say about Hojbjerg. 

The former England international had a hard time understanding what the love-in surrounding the Spurs man was, and claimed his role is ‘the easiest in the world’ in Nuno Espirito Santo’s team. 

Merson admitted on 90min’s YouTube channel: “I’m not a great lover of Hojbjerg. He thinks he’s better than he is in my opinion.

“What’s brilliant? Finishing ninth or tenth. He has the easiest job in the world, he just sits in front of the back two.”

Hojbjerg joined Spurs last summer from Southampton in exchange for £15 million and quickly cemented a position down in central midfield. 

He played 53 games in all competitions for Spurs last season, which was more than any other outfield player at the club.  

Spurs Web Opinion 

You feel as if Merson doesn’t understand that Hojbjerg’s role is very understated and not very glamorous. He does essentially sit in front of the defence, but he is there to disrupt and protect the backline. You might get the occasional attacking play from him, but that’s not what he’s in the side to do. 

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