Redknapp questions whether Hojbjerg is ‘what Spurs need’ after Everton defeat

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Former Tottenham midfielder, Jamie Redknapp was not impressed with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s performance in what was the midfielder’s competitive debut against Everton on Sunday.

Hojbjerg was Tottenham’s first major signing of the summer and played a big part in the club’s pre-season friendlies before jetting off to join the Denmark squad for their Nations League clashes last week.

Therefore, it was not surprising to see the 25-year-old being given the nod to start alongside Harry Winks in midfield on Sunday.

However, the former Saints midfielder struggled to get into the game as Everton’s new-look midfield dominated proceedings for the majority of the encounter.

Despite completing all ninety minutes, the midfielder looked off the pace in the second half and Redknapp admitted that his debut left a lot to be desired.

He questioned whether Hojbjerg is the type of player that the Lilywhites needed in the middle of the park.

The pundit told Sky Sports (as relayed by Football.London): “This is week one, we have to be extremely careful.

“Hojbjerg, today, didn’t have his best game, but it’s his debut – I don’t want to jump into his nightmare.

“Once he gets his fitness and starts to play more games, he will get better and improve.

“But when I look at what Spurs need, is he the sort of player this Spurs midfield need right now? I think back to not too long ago when they had a midfield with an understanding.

“I thought to myself, ‘this is as good as it gets’, they worked so hard, they kept the ball, they were as strong as other teams.

“Right now, I look and think who is going to be the player to unlock the door? Who is going to do something special?

“It looks like it’s very easy to play against that Spurs midfield right now.”

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Hojbjerg did not have the best of debuts and I thought he should have been the one who made way for Bergwijn instead of Winks but perhaps the England midfielder was struggling for fitness. However, the Dane showed glimpses in the first half of his ability to read the game and intercept the ball, and I am confident that he will prove a valuable asset for us once he settles in.

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