Tottenham Hotspur have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
Hojbjerg, 25, has signed a five-year deal after completing a medical on Monday and has become Jose Mourinho’s first summer recruit in the process.
So, where will the new signing fit into Mourinho’s plans and could his arrival spell the end for Tanguy Ndombele?
Well, Hojbjerg will follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Xabi Alonso to play for the Portuguese and Pep Guardiola (via AS).
While he found his chances limited under the former Bayern Munich boss, Guardiola believed he was a midfielder in the mould of Barcelona legend Sergio Busquets, a player with great concentration, situational awareness, and someone who doesn’t shy away from a crunching tackle (or two).
Whereas Ndombele has struggled for consistency this season, Hojbjerg is a workhorse who can hit the ground running.
Although Hojbjerg arguably lacks the finesse the Frenchman possesses, as he made fewer dribbles on average per game than the the six-cap French international last term, his ability to recover the ball and regain possession sets him apart from his teammate.
Mourinho has been looking for a defensive midfielder who can protect the back four and Hojbjerg could play a key part in the supply chain for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min. Ndombele’s future is unclear, as he hardly featured at all after the Premier League restart, and it seems as though his relationship with Mourinho is fractured beyond repair.
Despite his young age, the Dane may be a shrewd bit of business by Daniel Levy, as he has bags of experience on a domestic and international level. But his arrival could well push Ndombele further down the midfield pecking order.
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