Noel Whelan has said that Tottenham should tie down Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to a new contract as it would be very expensive for the North London club to replace the midfielder.

For much of Hojbjerg’s two and a half years at Spurs, he has split the opinion of the Tottenham fanbase.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

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The Dane was rumoured to be on Real Madrid’s radar in the summer (Telegraph), and he has undoubtedly been one of the Lilywhites’ most consistent performers so far this season. Fortunately, it seems his performances are starting to win over the bulk of the Tottenham supporters.

The Daily Mail reported last week that Tottenham are preparing to offer Hojbejrg a new contract soon in order to reward his positive form.

Whelan believes the North London club are right to want to tie down the 27-year-old’s future as they would need around £60m to replace him with a player of similar quality.

When asked if Hojbjerg deserves a pay rise at Spurs, the pundit told Football Insider: “He does. I was a little bit bemused when he came in from Southampton, but he’s really proved everyone wrong.

“He’s a very good central midfield player. He’s got better and better, and he is now one of the first names on the team sheet.

“This news doesn’t surprise me because if you let him run down his contract and leave, with the performances he’s put in – you’re probably talking about £60 million to bring in a similar player.

“It makes a lot of sense to keep him around and hope he can keep improving as he enters his prime.”

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Some people tend to focus on Hojbjerg’s weaknesses while ignoring his strengths. The 27-year-old’s engine, positioning and tactical understanding make him an ideal fit for Conte’s system, particularly the 3-4-3. It is a no-brainer for Tottenham to tie the former Southampton man down to a new contract.

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