Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at Tottenham: incoming signing explains why he is a perfect Jose Mourinho player


Tottenham are set to make Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg their first summer signing in the coming days, with Jose Mourinho acting quickly to bolster his midfield.

The Dane will arrive from Southampton with a contract worth £ 15million, with Spurs becoming his third permanent club after breaking through at Bayern Munich under Pep Guardiola.

Sport standardDan Kilpatrick recently wrote about how Hojbjerg’s arrival will be the key for Mourinho to unlock the potential of the club’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele. after a frustrating and disappointing first season.

Hojbjerg’s character impressed both Guardiola and at Southampton, where he was named captain in 2018, where his confidence, conviction and ability to read the game were well regarded.

At Spurs, the 25-year-old will be tasked with providing a solid foundation for more adventurous and creative players to thrive.

Hojbjerg recently spoke with the Football Ramble Daily podcast on how he sees himself as a player, which matches how Mourinho plans to use him in North London.

“I have to take responsibility in the game to bring the A-game,” he said in a podcast released in May. “My idea of ​​playing, of who I was, has always been to take responsibility, always in difficult times as well. But “responsibility” isn’t always about taking the ball and passing five players and trying to score.

“My biggest strength is improving other players, you know. Support them, play the right balls, do the right races, fight for them, feed them, analyze the game, read the game, play the game as it should.

“There are games where you have to play harder, be harder, there are games where you have to be more composed, games where you have to find the space a little wider or a little more inside. .

“So reading the game, or improving my teammates, or even the best players on the team, is what I love to do and what I do best. “

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Despite his young age, Hojbjerg is not afraid to back down. Pep Guardiola once said he could be Bayern Munich’s ‘Sergio Busquets’, before moving to the Premier League after coming out of his teens.

He added: “Of course I have qualities, of course I know what to do with the ball, but being the guy who brings the team together to get the best out of everyone is what I really feel like. very comfortable and strong.

“Sometimes saying the right thing isn’t always the easiest thing. You have to take the blow, the fight and the confrontation. But also to put your arm around to support, be positive, be creative. All These Parts of a Football Player Personality is important if you want to be a leader, not just for one game but for 15 years of your career.

“It’s mainly a question of responsibility. Take responsibility, but don’t try to do it alone and inspire the best people to do the best things they can. “


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