Alasdair Gold has slammed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for his shocking first-half showing in Tottenham Hotspur’s recent draw.
The Denmark international’s second-half strike ended up earning Spurs a point after going 2-0 down in the second period, but Gold was left unimpressed by what he saw from the midfielder in the game’s opening exchanges.
Hojbjerg has been a near ever-present under Antonio Conte this season, starting all but one game across all competitions – and that one match saw Spurs lose their first home league game of the campaign, which highlights his importance to the team.
He said: “Hojbjerg again, that first half,.. honestly, he was like he had his shoelaces tied together at some points early on. He was really kind of clumsy in what he was doing.
“But as the game wore on, I thought he got better and better, and of course, scored an absolutely lovely goal.”
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TIF Thoughts on Hojbjerg…
It’s a sign of a top player and one with great character that Hojbjerg can start the game so poorly but end up being the hero Spurs so desperately needed.
Since joining the club back in the summer of 2020, Hojbjerg has featured in 123 games across all competitions, and it is quite astonishing that his body is able to cope with such a demand in high-level competition.
Conte will likely be wary of the sheer number of minutes Hojbjerg has been putting into his legs over the last few years, so signing a new midfielder could be near the top of the list this January to ensure the Dane gets rest when required and avoids burning out.