Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was certainly not one of the most high profile signings of the Premier League summer, even for Tottenham Hotspur, but he has proved to be one of the best.
Amidst news that Gareth Bale was returning to the club, a new striker was coming in and money was being spent on a Real Madrid left-back, Hojbjerg slipped under the radar.
Yet fast forward to May and the Danish enforcer has played every minute of every Premier League match for the Lilywhites this season.
Hojbjerg has played 3,060 minutes in the Premier League across 34 games and almost 4,000 minutes across 49 matches in all competitions, even adding a goal and four assists to his contributions (TransferMarkt).
The former Southampton man has opened up on his first season in North London, claiming that he has tried to be the best team player possible.
He said (Spurs matchday programme as relayed by Football London): “I’ve enjoyed my football, enjoyed my performances.
“I’ve tried to keep my consistency, tried to be the best team player I can be, because then I know the team is benefiting and eventually, I will benefit.
“I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve learned a lot and I’m very curious, very hungry as a player to keep learning, to keep growing and this is something I’m also proud to have, this hunger to always be better, always learn, always see where some details can be added.
“That’s something I take great pleasure in. I’m part of a great team, a great club, I’m doing well, the team has fantastic players so, for me, it gives me the hunger to keep progressing.
“Life, like football, will have ups and downs, but if you have your basics, your fundamentals, I fully believe that in the long run, you’ll get what you deserve, and I carry that with me. That is the belief l work with.”
He added: “It’s about creating a basic where performances, way of living, way of thinking, way of performing, all has to come together. It’s not easy, always, to stay objective and, let’s say, calm.
“I have enjoyed it a lot, I’ve learned a lot and I’m happy, with myself, happy that I got the opportunity, happy that I fought for that opportunity, but there is also a big hunger, so it is definitely not over and I am certainly not tired.
“For sure, there is more to attack, more to get from this season. This is where the drive comes from.
“So my first season here, the players have been excellent, the guys in charge have been excellent and so has the club, my family have settled quickly.
“I’m proud, but I’m also grateful to be around the people who are helping me, but as I said before, I look forward with a lot of hunger and a lot of desire to still reach what this club should be achieving.”
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