‘Might move him on’ – Hutton suggests Spurs could cash in on Mourinho signing

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Alan Hutton
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Alan Hutton believes that the club could potentially look to cash in on Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Hutton described the Dane as defensively-minded and questioned whether his style of play fits in with the type of football which Antonio Conte demands from his players.

The arrival of Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus last month has seen the Uruguay international add another dimension to the Spurs midfield with his box-to-box displays, while Oliver Skipp has also impressed following his loan spell at Norwich City last season.

Hojbjerg has been linked with a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho at Roma 

The 26-year-old was one of Mourinho’s first signings at Tottenham, having arrived from Southampton for around £15million in the summer of 2020 and went on to play every minute of Premier League action last season (The Sun).

Hutton has suggested that Hojbjerg could be sold in order for Conte to bring in a midfield partner for Bentancur.

He told Football Insider: “It really depends on their plans moving forward and who they want to bring in.

“You obviously see Bentancur coming in. He has got different sorts of attributes, he can get up and down the pitch. He’s really like that number eight and I think that’s what Tottenham are looking for.

“Hojbjerg does a specific job for me. He is very defensively minded. I know he’s tried to get forward in certain games, trying to dictate play and make things happen.

“But I don’t really think that’s his overall game. He’s more of a destroyer, breaking things up. It really depends on how Antonio Conte sees his midfield moving forward.

“If they are to go and compete with the teams at the top end of the league, they probably need more. I think Conte knows that.

“If Mourinho comes in with a bid that’s acceptable, they might move him on. Then they look to bring somebody in who can do everything within that midfield. That’s what Conte seems to like.”

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Hojbjerg has come in for some criticism from some Spurs fans this season but was solid yesterday against a poor Leeds side, despite the home team failing to put significant pressure on him and Winks, he did show a rare creative glimpse of his game when he played a brilliant lofted pass to Harry Kane for Tottenham’s third goal.

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