Former Liverpool midfielder, Don Hutchison believes that Tottenham fans will be mistaken if they think that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will make them a top-four team or title contenders.
After months of heavy speculation, multiple reports now seem to suggest that Tottenham have agreed on a deal with Southampton for the midfielder’s signature (Fabrizio Romano).
Reports indicate that the Denmark international will sign a five-year contract with Jose Mourinho’s side worth around £100,000-a-week and will also be handed a multi-million pound signing on fee by the North Londoners (Football Insider).
Hutchinson believes that the 25-year-old will improve the Tottenham midfield as he has few weaknesses to his game in comparison to Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks.
While the pundit confidently asserted that Mourinho will enjoy working with Hojbjerg, he warned Spurs fans that this is not the signing that is going to take them to the next level.
Speaking about Tottenham’s rumoured capture of Hojbjerg, Hutchinson told ESPN FC (as relayed by The Express): “I think it’s a good bit of business but it’s not going to make Tottenham into a top-four side or challenging for the title.
“It’s going to stiffen their midfield up. You think of people like [Moussa] Sissoko who is a very good athlete and goes box to box and has had a very good 18 months, and Harry Winks who’s technically very good but his passing range is quite limited.
“He’s only a sort of 10, 15-yard, 20-yard passer of the ball. So he’ll certainly get around the pitch Hojbjerg, he’ll put his foot in which Jose will absolutely love and Tottenham fans will like that because he’s very combative.
“But if it’s just one signing and Tottenham fans are thinking this is the signing that’s going to get us into the top four – nowhere near.”
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Hutchinson’s assessment of the Hojbjerg signing, as a useful but not a spectacular addition, is a fair one. Most Spurs fans realise that the Denmark international is not going to take us to the next level but he is the type of steady, reliable midfielder that we lacked in the middle of the park. While the 25-year-old is not particularly fantastic at one thing, he is very well-rounded and does not have many weaknesses. In fact, his physical and technical attributes essentially make him a hybrid of Sissoko and Winks.
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