The chaotic season of Tottenham was summed up in only 5 words by Jose Mourhinho after the Burnley draw. He accepted that he didn’t have a midfield in March as he referred to the club’s performance. At the interval, he hooked the past Lyon man for Giovani Lo Celso as he failed to offer protection to the back 4.
Throughout the years, Tottenham had some amazing defensive midfielders such as Wilson Palacios. He made his presence felt in the 2009-10 Champions Leagues. In 2011-12 Scott Parker played stunningly alongside Luka Modric and 2016-2017 had played a major role in the title run of the team before his career came to a sudden halt.
However, it is since then that defensive midfielder position has been the source of all their issues, particularly where their defense has been left open to be violated. Ndombele had been signed for £65million and was supposed to make the defense stronger but it didn’t work out as they expected it to. Now, the question is, will Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will plug the gaping hole.
Since the signing of the captain has been confirmed for £20m, a lot has been made of this progress at Bayern Munich. He has also been compared to Sergio Busquets. This isn’t going to ease out the pressure as before Ndombele has succumbed to this in spite of being tipped as the prospective superstar. However, the Danish midfielder does play the role of the skipper at St. Mary’s.
Hojbjerg is not the usual leader who will give you an earful about his vocal presence. He is capable and adaptable and fills in the center-half or full-back. He has shown what he is capable of in the game against Norwich in the month of December where he won the man of the match trophy.