Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League reckons, Glenn Hoddle.
Spurs signed the Dane from Southampton in the last transfer window, but moves for Matt Doherty and Gareth Bale got more coverage than his arrival in north London.
He wasn’t even expected to become a member of the Tottenham starting XI that already had Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.
But the former Bayern Munich man has broken into the team, and he has become one of José Mourinho’s key men at the moment.
He brings the protection that the Tottenham defence needs and has shown an excellent ability to read the game and break up the play.
Hoddle says that he is exactly the type of midfielder that Mourinho wants and admitted that he wasn’t sure of the impact that he would make when Spurs signed him initially.
The pundit then added that he is the best in the league for his position at the moment.
The Amazon Prime pundit said as quoted by Sun Sports: “He’s an absolute classic Jose Mourinho player. He needed a player like him in midfield.
“Early on in the season, I wasn’t sure what he was going to do, was he going to be an out-and-out stopper?
“He’s better than that. He uses the ball really well, he keeps it simple and knows what his attributes are.
“For that style of player, he’s way ahead of anyone in the league this year. He’s playing superbly well and drops into the back four.
“He protects the centre-halves. He has been outstanding with and without the ball.
He added: “The one criteria he has got, which is going out of the game, is he’s a genuine leader on the pitch.
“He’ll tell people where to go, he’ll boss them about, he’s a winner, you can see that. He’s almost like an annoying winner.
“He asks for every tackle, every foul, every throw-in, even when he knows it’s not theirs, but that’s what you do as a pro.
“He’s got that desire and winning mentality. I see him as Jose’s little bit of an extension onto the pitch.
“I know Lloris is the captain, but I see him as the driving force of the team, and bossing people about.
“At the moment, he’s playing well himself, but I don’t think it would matter to him whether he’s playing good, bad or indifferent.
“He would still boss people around and that’s the sign of good leadership.”