Opinion: The Pierre-Emile Hojberg dilemma that could prove to be Spurs’ downfall

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Dom Le Roy

Spurs have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign this season and have established themselves as strong candidates to bring home some silverware for the first time since 2008.

The summer transfer window just gone, the first under Jose Mourinho, looks to have been one of immense success after strengthening key areas and building a side that looks capable of taking on the best – a feeling that Spurs fans have not had since the last season at White Hart Lane.

One of the key new men who was welcomed through the doors of Hotspur Way is Hojbjerg, and he has already developed during his short time at the club into one of the first names on the team sheet.

This lad definitely has what it takes to become a huge fan favourite! Pierre-Emile Hojberg has plugged the defensive midfielder role with ease and has been phenomenal thus far.

Obviously, it’s essential in these situations to not jump the gun, but we have not possessed a player who can boss the midfield as well as what we have seen during this brief period since Mousa Dembele.

However, it is only natural when so reliant on such a crucial player, especially as a fan of Spurs, to speculate over what Mourinho would be able to do if Hojbjerg was to pick up a lengthy injury, as the Dane has proved to be unlike any other in the ranks.

The likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, who can undoubtedly put in a shift in the middle of the park, simply do not possess the same qualities that have made the Danish international an integral part of Mourinho’s plans. This, in turn, creates a dilemma which could be one of the biggest potential problems we are faced with this season.

Thankfully, Hojberg’s injury record offers some much-needed relief as he seems to continue battling through game after game. Since joining the Premier League in 2016 with Southampton he has managed to rack up an incredible 116 matches. One thing all Spurs fans will be desperately hoping is that good old doctor Tottenham will not put a change to that.

Although the thought of Hojberg being out of the squad is one that no Spurs fan wants to even consider, at the end of the day, it is not a bad problem for the side to have as it shows the drastic impact he has had. If he were easily replaceable then it would only show that he was not the player everyone thought we needed.

Looking back on the start of the window, a central midfielder may not have been at the top of everyone’s list but it just goes to show that investing in Premier League proven talent can reap big rewards, a breath of fresh air away from our usual transfer habits of taking a punt on someone who needs time to adjust.

The role that is played by Hojberg is something we desperately needed so it was a great deal for the club to get over the line, and speaking on behalf of all of the Spurs faithful, long may it continue.

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