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Did You Spot Spurs’ Truly Selfless Recovery King Last Night?
By Harry Hotspur -

Against Brighton last night, our man Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had another superb game, and excelled in one specific respect, the discipline of recovering the ball. In fact, this was the best Hojbjerg has ever been in at getting the ball back from opponents, since he joined us. The 25-year-old made 13 recoveries – and 8 of them were in Brighton’s half!

Pierre’s passing was equally immense, hitting 90%, making just 5 unsuccessful passes. This is precisely the sort of player that big successful clubs have on their books, the sort of player that wins games for you. A truly selfless team player. A Mourinho player, all the way.

The Dane also proved useful at springing attacks and managed to get a few long balls in, and the one above is a prime example.

There was very little genuinely negative to report, he won 75% of his defensive duels, 100% of his aerial duels, and made 4 interceptions. What player.

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kwakspur
kwakspur
6 months ago

Like I said a few weeks ago, what a game the NLD will be in that midfield with our Iceberg against their Partey.
That is where it will be won.

We still have the better team & better squad, so can’t wait.

Let’s widen that gap before the game so it matters not what they do.

mikey hughes
mikey hughes
6 months ago

I wonder how much he is worth now?

coys1882
coys1882
6 months ago

Totally agreed H. Our man Hojbjerg was outstanding in the recovery department. I noticed him win the ball on several occasions, but the final total of 13 recoveries is truly immense. What a player! Him and Reg have been fantastic acquisitions for the team and with Toby finally first choice and playing close to his best again and Dier looking sounder also, for the second league game running we looked a much more organised defensive outfit in protecting a narrow lead.

Steve KillerCushion Williams
Steve KillerCushion Williams
6 months ago

The Dane played well. It was between him and Reguilion who was man of the match. Kane and Sissoko were not far behind them with their stats and ratings.. Sissoko also gets about making recoveries and tracking back. People slate the goat because he doesnt have messi flair or neymar skill, but that man does his job he covers and disrupts everywhere. These days its harder to find warriors who can do the dirty work like Sissoko and Pierre. These types are becoming few and far between. They are becoming a rare breed. Similar to ‘leaders’. Not many leaders around like there was 20 years ago.

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
6 months ago

Shame you couldn’t clone another one of him – two would be handy, certainly a better option than Sissy

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
6 months ago

If you looked back to the comments on here from some fellow posters when we signed him saying we only signed him because he was cheap. No other top six side wanted him,etc etc Jose knew the type of player we were lacking,a no nonsense type player made of steel who will run all day and has a never say die attitude. I liked him playing for the Saints and was totally won over listening to his interview after signing for Spurs ,another player who turned down other offers after talking and being won over by Jose. Some fans were not overly convinced after the opening day defeat to Everton,when he got out played by Doucoure & Allan,since then we haven’t lost a game that he’s started.Already a fan favourite,and one of the first names on the team sheet.

Spurs est1882
Spurs est1882
6 months ago

I will admit to being one of those. and I am truely convinced I was wrong. Ididnt see a lot of him at Saints, but what I saw was a ball winner that was sloppy in possesion. Many saints fans told me he was almost as a big a liability as an asset with his ability to win the ball and then lose it to almost an equally dangerous situation. However, from what i ahve seen, he is not only our best signing for a log time, but potentially one of the best in the league for a while. He is a great player so far, and could be one of our best.

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
6 months ago
Reply to  Spurs est1882

One ex player Le Tiss said he hadn’t progressed at Southampton and at the time ,I thought sour grapes because the player wanted to leave for a bigger club. £3m & Kwp was a great deal.

Steve KillerCushion Williams
Steve KillerCushion Williams
6 months ago

Matthew was one cracking player though… The true one club man too..

Spurs est1882
Spurs est1882
6 months ago

I couldnt find a single Southampton fan that didnt think they pulled one over us – even with that deal. I must admit, when I watched him, I thought the same. I think perhaps teh issue at Southampton was, once he won the ball, who did he give it to? Where as at Spurs he has the options. He is not a 1 man midfield.

Leslie Crawford
Leslie Crawford
6 months ago
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Ward Prose is handy with free kicks and gives 100 percent,I thought at one time we were interested in him. When a player like Eriksen or Hojbjerg refuses to sign a new contract clubs fans lose all love and are inclined to wipe even their good days from memory.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
6 months ago

We did sign him because he was cheap, make no mistake about that. If we had more money we would have signed someone else, not necessarily better may I add. It’s the way football economics works. Big teams invariably buy big to get the best don’t they? I would have still preferred Allan though. Did we need a player like Hojbjerg, definitely. I like his attitude a lot, he works hard and looks like he cares for his shirt and is better at ball retention than I was expecting. So far it has worked out very well and the transfer looks a bargain. However, I don’t necessarily think the roles that the Allan’s, Sissoko’s, Hojbjerg’s, N’didi’s et al do is particularly hard, when compared to what attacking midfielders have to do. To harass and close down space is far easier than to create space and assist/score, I think so anyway. Hojbjerg keeps the ball well, put rarely does he make a pass in the final third of any note. He knows his role well, but he isn’t in the same ball park as Dembele. I’ll give him time though.

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
6 months ago

We did sign him because he was cheap, make no mistake about that. If we had more money we would have signed someone else, not necessarily better may I add. It’s the way football economics works. Big teams invariably buy big to get the best don’t they? I would have still preferred Allan though. Did we need a player like Hojbjerg, definitely. I like his attitude a lot, he works hard and looks like he cares for his shirt and is better at ball retention than I was expecting. So far it has worked out very well and the transfer looks a bargain. However, I don’t necessarily think the roles that the Allan’s, Sissoko’s, Hojbjerg’s, N’didi’s et al do is particularly hard, when compared to what attacking midfielders have to do. To harass and close down space is far easier than to create space and assist/score, I think so anyway. Hojbjerg keeps the ball well, put rarely does he make a pass in the final third of any note. He knows his role well, but he isn’t in the same ball park as Dembele. I’ll give him time though.

ministers cat
ministers cat
6 months ago

He is an Iron Man