Craig Burley has identified the changes in the midfield department as a key reason behind Tottenham’s progress, admitting that he has never been a big fan of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Hojbjerg had been a regular in Tottenham’s starting eleven under Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonino Conte, but the Dane has fallen out of favour under Ange Postecoglou.

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The Australian settled on a midfield three of Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr and James Maddison as his preferred combination, and the trio have stuck up a great understanding, seemingly complementing each other well.

However, Postecoglou has demonstrated that he still trusts Hojbjerg, having brought the Dane on as a substitute in four of Tottenham’s five Premier League matches so far this season.

In an interview with Danish publication Bold two weeks ago, the 28-year-old revealed that he has had a ‘good dialogue’ with the Australian regarding his role this season, adding that he is prepared to give his best whenever opportunities come his way.

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Burley believes that the benching of Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp has made a big difference to the Tottenham side.

The pundit told ESPN FC: “I have never been a huge fan of Hojbjerg. I am just not. I think he runs around a lot. Passes it sideways, and then he was playing with Skipp. I think the personnel change, especially in midfield and the addition of Maddison, it’s just a huge difference.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Hojbjerg is a top player in the right system and even though he is not a particularly good fit for Postecoglou’s style of play, he is an excellent squad option to have, given his intelligence and experience.

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