When Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined Southampton from Bayern Munich back in 2016, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the 23-year-old’s arrival.
Hojbjerg was seen as one of the most promising youngsters at the Allianz Arena at the time, blessed with immense talent.
Considering that, it was not a surprise to see the Danish midfielder receive the sort of warm welcome he got from the St. Mary’s faithful.
For £13.5m (Transfermarkt), all those at the club thought a relatively good deal had been struck.
And while it has not always been plain sailing for Hojbjerg on the south coast, he has still been worth every penny and possibly even more.
This season, especially, the Denmark international has really come into his own, taking up the captain’s armband in Ryan Bertrand’s absence and keeping it.
To say Hojbjerg has thrived under the added responsibility would be an understatement. The former Bayern Munich man has grown as a player since becoming Saints skipper and has made it abundantly clear to supporters what having that honour means.
“I really like to take responsibility. I would say I grow with responsibility. I am who I am, and I give what I can to the team and the club thinks I am worthy to be captain,” Hojbjerg recently told the Daily Echo.
“I am very proud and very honoured. It is maybe the proudest moment of my career.”
A technically gifted midfielder and a leader, for £13.5m, Southampton got the complete package when they signed Hojbjerg that summer.
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