Everton’s interest in Southampton skipper Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg continues to spark opinions as Danny Mills is the latest to give his take.
The former Leeds defender has commented on the Blues’ link to the Denmark international, who is entering the final 12 months of his current contract. He has described Southampton as a ‘feeder club’, which is backed up by the many former Saints that rivals Liverpool have snapped up over the year.
Whether Hojbjerg is set to become the next Sadio Mané in terms of growth is uncertain, but Mills believes that Everton should be the Dane’s next destination.
“Everton will be asking – who can improve us? Who can we make money on? And who is not going to cost the earth? I think he ticks all of those boxes,” the 43-year-old told Football Insider.
Should Everton sign Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer?
“They are yet to replace Idrissa Gueye but they do have [Andre] Gomes coming back to full fitness from injury as well.”
Senegal international Gueye left the Blues last summer to join Paris Saint-Germain, who have reportedly transfer-listed the midfielder already. However, Everton are progressing well under Carlo Ancelotti and the club must continue to move forwards rather than harking back to the past.
Hojbjerg already has experience of captaining his club and has 33 caps for his country (via Transfermarkt). His level-headedness and ability to lead a team could be exactly what the Blues need to improve their midfield, which has struggled this season. Everton’s senior midfielders have a combined Premier League assist tally of two this term, which is far from good enough for a side looking to challenge in Europe.
Bagging a player like Hojbjerg, who averages 2.4 tackles and 1.5 shots per game (via WhoScored), would help bolster their weak points in the middle of the park.
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