While footballers will not be the kind of people that need optimistic reinforcement from outside sources, it’s at all times good to obtain endorsement out of your friends.
Tottenham‘s astonishing 6-1 win over a ramshackle Manchester United offered ample alternative for such intra-team mate reward.
There was lots worth shouting about – a brace for Harry Kane, one other stellar efficiency from Son Heung-min and a few admirable shthousery from Erik Lamela.
However, one efficiency that shouldn’t be forgotten was that of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. While there isn’t any doubt he is a first rate player, there have been some that had been baffled by Tottenham’s decision to pay a reported £15million to safe the midfielder’s services from Southampton this summer season.
Thankfully, the Match of the Day pundits, who typically appeared to be in a trance all through Sunday’s show, paid due consideration to Hojbjerg’s impression.
On-screen graphics confirmed the Dane had probably the most touches (116), probably the most profitable passes (100), probably the most passes within the opposition half (43) and the joint highest determine for possession gained (6). This demonstrates that, in contrast to some previous Spurs signings, Hojbjerg is aware of the distinction between the holding position and a sausage roll.
His assist for Serge Aurier’s goal early within the second half could possibly be used as the dictionary definition of pinpoint. Receiving the ball from Lucas Moura, Hojbjerg played an beautiful first-time ball that dissected the obtrusive hole between Luke Shaw and Paul Pogba. Such was the accuracy of the go that Serge Aurier may hardly fail to score.
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) October 4, 2020
But one moment stood above all others. During the second half, Aurier won the ball in his own half. This shouldn’t be a newsworthy event in itself – even when the right-back usually takes to defending like a cat to water. However, after efficiently regaining the ball, the Ivorian was going to make rattling positive he kept it.
By out-stretching his arms as if maintaining a youngster away from a site visitors accident, Aurier was ready to make a go downfield. The response of Hojbjerg? An endearingly large fist-pump and a transient hand clap as the ball moved forward. It would doable to think about him reacting the identical approach when instructing his youngster to trip a bike.
For all of the pundits who say Jose Mourinho is shedding his contact, it’s clear he has created the identical siege mentality that has served him effectively all through his embellished managerial career. Hojbjerg is the right instance.
Hojbjerg’s response to Aurier’s tackle! 💪🤣 pic.twitter.com/Tjw2x2YCOR
— Dave W (@spudly77) October 4, 2020
Hojbjerg’s efficiency at Old Trafford won rave opinions from Spurs fans on social media. Most appeared to centre round his management qualities as much as his technical capacity, maybe within the perception that the workforce had been turning into the ‘bunch of c****’ that Mourinho craves.
Time will inform if Spurs can lastly win a trophy under Mourinho’s tutelage. Whatever occurs, it’s clear that Hojbjerg is quick changing into the image of the brand new, more durable Tottenham that mix brawn and mind to overwhelm their opponents.
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