Andy Townsend gave his take on Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg on talkSPORT (4:16pm, February 23, 2020).
The former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder said that he was not totally convinced when Spurs signed Hojbjerg from Southampton in the summer of 2020.
Townsend praised the Denmark international midfielder for his hard work, but he pointed out what the 25-year-old does not do when Spurs are defending.
The former Republic of Ireland international said about Hojbjerg on talkSPORT (4:16pm, February 23, 2020): “He has been decent. When they first signed him, I wasn’t totally convinced that he could make the difference for Spurs.
“I think he has been incredibly hard-working, he has been durable, he gets himself out there, game in game out, wants to play, all of that to be admired.
“When they are defending, I have not seen Hojbjerg split the centre-halves, mopping things up, knocking things away in the six-yard area.”
Important player for Tottenham Hotspur
True, Tottenham have not been great in recent weeks and Hojbjerg, like some of his teammates, has not been at his best, but there can be no denying that he is a superb footballer and has been a good addition to the team.
The Denmark international imposes himself in the middle of the park and keeps things ticking.
Of course, like all footballers, Hojbjerg is not perfect and there is room for improvement, but his time at Spurs so far has been a success.
According to WhoScored, Hojbjerg has scored one goal and provided three assists in 24 Premier League matches for Spurs so far this season.
Praise for Gareth Bale
Meanwhile, former Chelsea and Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has said that he has changed his mind over Gareth Bale.
The Wales international winger, who returned to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid in the summer of 2020, provided an assist and almost scored for the North London club in their 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League at the weekend.
Cascarino told The Times: “I was one of those people who was critical of Gareth Bale when he arrived at Tottenham and how little effort he appeared to be putting in to getting himself fit to play. Now, though, he looks ready. José Mourinho has to play him.
“Yesterday was the first time I saw something in Bale that said he still has what it takes to show why Spurs brought him back. There were flashes that proved he can turn his and Tottenham’s season around, but he needs a regular run of starts now, not an hour in one game or 20 minutes the next.”