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Tottenham hit jackpot on £15m star whose value has risen 308%

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Tottenham hit jackpot on £15m star whose value has risen 308%

When Tottenham Hotspur acquired Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for around £15 million in August 2020, few could have imagined how essential the 27-year-old central midfielder would become for the club.

However, the former Southampton star had an immediate impression in Jose Mourinho’s side during his first season in north London, not missing a minute of Premier League action in 38 games in 2020/21, scoring two goals, registering four assists, and creating four great chances for his teammates.

The £102k-per-week midfielder also impressed in position-specific metrics, averaging 64.4 passes with an 89% success rate, 2.6 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 2.8 long balls, and winning 5.7 duels per game.

These metrics earned the Dane a SofaScore match rating of 6.98, ranking him as Spurs’ sixth-best performer in the league that season.

Hojbjerg definitely made an impact on Mourinho, as the 59-year-old boss stated after a 2-0 win against Arsenal in December 2020 (via GOAL):

“Pierre is, first of all, very intelligent. He reads the game very well. He’s going to be a coach one day, for sure. He’s a pain, asking questions about why we do this and why we do that. On the pitch, he reads the situation very, very well and the people that surround him are really compact, they read the game.

“Physically he’s very, very strong and technically he’s much better than people think. Because sometimes people think the guy that is good technically is the guy that does the backheel. The guy that is good technically is the guy that does something wonderful. But these are not my words. These are words from coaches of 30, 40 years ago. Simplicity is genius.

“And the guy is so simple in everything he does with the ball. I think he’s a phenomenal player. Congratulations, Mr Levy.”

Over his 36 league games in 2021/22, the £61.2m-rated man scored two goals, provided two assists, and created four big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 63.1 passes – at a success rate of 90% – 2.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 3.7 long balls, and winning 5.1 duels – at a success rate of 58% – per game.

These results saw the man termed a “machine” by Rob Davies average a very remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.19, establishing him as Antonio Conte’s fifth-best performer in the English Premier League last time around.

Furthermore, despite Fabio Paratici’s £21.5 million signing of Rodrigo Bentancur in January and the £35 million signing of Yves Bissouma this summer, Hojbjerg has not only retained his place in Tottenham’s starting XI this season, but he has enjoyed arguably his best form for the north London club to date.

Indeed, in his seven Premier League appearances this season, the 27-year-old has already scored two goals, registered one assist, and created two big chances for his teammates, while also averaging 59.3 passes (91% success rate), 1.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions, 4.6 long balls, and winning 4.4 duels (58% success rate).

The Denmark international has averaged a staggering SofaScore match rating of 7.53 thus far in 2022/23, putting him not just as Tottenham’s second-best performer in the division but also as the joint-seventh-best player in the entire league.

Consequently, it is evident that Daniel Levy struck gold when he brought Hojbjerg to north London in the summer of 2020, given his escalating performance levels and the fact that he is now worth an astonishing 308% more than the £15 million fee Tottenham  paid Southampton.

Tottenham hit jackpot on £15m star whose value has risen 308%

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