‘Take my hat off’ – Hojbjerg lavishes praise on 20-year-old wanted by Spurs 

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has lavished praise on his Denmark international teammate Mikkel Damsgaard, who is rumoured to be a target for Tottenham this summer.

Damsgaard has really caught the eye with his performances for Sampdoria since arriving at the club in the January of last year.

It was reported back in February that Tottenham and Juventus were both ‘crazy’ about the tricky wide man and had already enquired about his availability. The 20-year-old is rumoured to be valued at €20m (£17m) by the Serie A club. 

After Fabio Paratici’s appointment as Tottenham’s managing director of football, the links with Damsgaard have reemerged, with reports from Italy now claiming that the North London club are weighing up an offer for the winger.

The youngster certainly put himself in the shop window with his performance for Denmark in their 2-1 loss to Belgium last week.

The Sampdoria star was a livewire for the Danes, constantly threatening the Belgium backline and Hojbjerg admitted after the game that he was particularly impressed with how Damsgaard handled the pressure of the occasion.

The Spurs midfielder is quoted by Tribal Football as saying: “We’ve seen in a couple of games now what he can do, but what really makes me have to take my hat off is that he did it under so much pressure, in such a big setting and with so many eyes on him and played relatively freely and determined.

“Every action had like a meaning, and it shows maturity, quality and first and foremost that he has something that not many football players in this country have.

“When you stand here and a player is on the way forward and he is unique, then it cannot always be all the way. He must keep working hard and be humble. 

“He needs to have a little spanking and he needs good experiences. He has to have it all, because that’s what kind of makes him the player and athlete he’s definitely going to be.

“Time is on his side, and then it’s just about continuing to work hard. What he did against Belgium is rarely seen.”

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With rumours indicating that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for Lamela and Moura, and with Bale’s return looking uncertain, we could be in the market for wide players this window.

Damsgaard would fit the profile we are likely to go for given his age and the asking price being mooted. If we are interested in the 20-year-old, hopefully, Pierre can put in a word to help convince him to make the move.

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