Journalist Dean Jones spoke with This Is Futbol and claimed that not enough people around the club at Spurs think Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is good enough.
Hojbjerg has been linked with a transfer away from Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the summer transfer window, with Newcastle United reportedly tracking his progress. The Danish international signed for Spurs in 2020 from fellow Premier League side Southampton.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been a mainstay in the side since his introduction at the London club, he has made 100 appearances for Spurs in all competitions whilst contributing with five goals and nine assists.
With the Tottenham midfielder being linked with a move away from Spurs, Jones claimed to TIF that there is a feeling around the club that he is not a Champions League level player.
“It’s a position that Tottenham are definitely considering and how they move forward, Hojbjerg has not been judged to have been a good enough standard for Tottenham to get to the next level, which is Champions League. Hojbjerg is a good player, but I don’t believe enough people around the club think he’s a great player. And that’s why they’re looking at that sort of position now to upgrade,” Jones said.
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TIF Thoughts on Jones’s comments…
This comes as a big shock as Hojbjerg has been impressive for Spurs this season, in the Premier League he has the third-highest average player rating (7.18), he has the highest amount of accurate passes on average per game (61.9) and he has the second most amount of interceptions on average per game (1.4), as per Sofascore.
Although Hojbjerg has been at the forefront of the stats for Spurs this season, he is still deemed not good enough to play in the Champions League, which could be seen as unfair until he is given the opportunity.
With Spurs battling for Champions League qualification, it will be interesting to see if they do qualify, if Antonio Conte looks to bring in a replacement for the Danish man, or whether he will opt to stick with him.