My delight when we signed Pierre was pretty much unchecked. The 25-year-old was highly unlikely to be a huge hit with the average fan, more of an analyst’s wet dream as the Dane proudly adopts the role of arguably the most conscientious player on the park, the steel from which the other ten can constantly rely upon.
Phenomenal is about the right word. Do you remember those posters you could buy in the 90s, the ones where if you stared at them long enough, you could see the dolphins or whatever? If you stare at Hojbjerg’s heat map, after while, you can see the phrase, none shall pass.
A 96% passing accuracy in midfield is only possible to achieve in a Tottenham team if you’re Harry Winks, and most of your passing is best described as benign. What one gets from Pierre is total control of the ground. Look at the shape of his passes, its like an encampment of Roman soldiers.
I predicted that Hojbjerg would be an important signing, now my only concern is I didn’t appreciate just how important…