Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

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He might be better than what we currently have, but he's worse than every other DM in the other 7 teams in the top 8 (if we include Ndidi and Neves).

Granted we need someone to allow GLC/Ndombele freedom but if we actually want to be pushing for trophies I think we have to do better. Has to be the priority.
if you look at the players we’ve been linked with the last few weeks it reflects our reported reduced transfer budget.

Pre Lockdown:

Rubens Dias, Aarons, Gerson, Soumare, Eze, Osimhen

Now:

Gabriel, Koch, Min-Jae, Castagne, Hojbjerg, Vazquez, Milik

They’re all still decent players barring may be Min-Jae due to only playing at an inferior level all his career.

Both the Hojbjerg and Milik fees can be reduced by offering the reported part ex players of KW-Peters and Moura.
 

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Surely rather than thinking about his overall quality we should focus on whether he has the attributes required to make him very good for the system we want to play. He may or may not be the best player we can get, but he might be one of the best to fit the system and for a relatively small fee.
 

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If our transfer budget is net zero then surely that dramatically limits our scope in the transfer market. I can't see us paying a fee for any other player than Hojbjerg if that's the case. I'm not even necessarily talking about PEH which you think we could do for £10m plus KWP at most.

If Foyth's injury is bad i've got no idea who Jose will sell to raise cash. Jose seems to like Sissoko, I can't see any suitors for the likes of Toby and Rose will go for pennies. I also wouldn't see any great point in selling Lamela unless we replaced him with a free transfer.

I'm very worried that the longer the window goes on the more Ndombele will be seen as the cash cow to fund moves for other positions like CB, RB and striker. This is why stealing a march on other clubs for free agents is very important.
 

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Article:

Tottenham confident of signing Southampton's Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer

But Jose Mourinho must raise the transfer fee through sales from his existing squad

Tottenham Hotspur are confident they will sign Southampton Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg this summer, as long as the club can raise the transfer fee through sales.

And the move for Hojbjerg will place another question mark against the future of Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele.

Hojbjerg is near the top of head coach Jose Mourinho’s wanted list to strengthen his options in the middle of the pitch for Spurs.

The 24-year-old midfielder has one year remaining on his contract and is understood to favour a move to Tottenham over other current options.

Spurs are, therefore, optimistic they will be able to land Hojbjerg, but Mourinho is likely to have to raise money to do so through sales.

One way of doing that would be trying to negotiate a deal in which right-back Kyle Walker-Peters makes his loan move to Southampton permanent, with Hojbjerg moving in the opposite direction.

It is believed that Southampton value Hojbjerg at around £35million, but Spurs will hope to get that figure down.

Tottenham have been badly impacted by the coronavirus crisis and Mourinho is limited to free transfers, loans and signings he can finance through sales.

That will no doubt raise the prospect of whether or not Tottenham could be tempted to cash in on Ndombele, just a year after spending £55.45m on him.

Chairman Daniel Levy has so far insisted Ndombele is not for sale, but that stance has already been tested since the restart with the 23-year-old yet to even feature off the substitutes’ bench.

Other players Spurs could look to sell to help finance moves in the transfer market are defenders Juan Foyth and Danny Rose, who extended his loan at Newcastle United until the end of the delayed season.
With Spurs, that’s a pretty huge caveat.
 

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if you look at the players we’ve been linked with the last few weeks it reflects our reported reduced transfer budget.

Pre Lockdown:

Rubens Dias, Aarons, Gerson, Soumare, Eze, Osimhen

Now:

Gabriel, Koch, Min-Jae, Castagne, Hojbjerg, Vazquez, Milik

They’re all still decent players barring may be Min-Jae due to only playing at an inferior level all his career.

Both the Hojbjerg and Milik fees can be reduced by offering the reported part ex players of KW-Peters and Moura.
Southampton fans seem pretty impressed with KWPs latest outing.
 

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We aren’t going to pay anywhere close to £35m. Saints are hardly going to brief the media on what his actual worth to them is. What do they stand to gain from that? It weakens their hand in negotiations.

Besides, Levy would be fully justified in saying he values KWP at £35m too. Young England U21 international, homegrown status, experience of playing at the very top level of European football, plenty of time left on his contract, etc.

I’d honestly be shocked if this deal wasn’t done for, at the very most, £5m plus KWP.
Kwp worth 35 mill what you smoking mate
 

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He might be better than what we currently have, but he's worse than every other DM in the other 7 teams in the top 8 (if we include Ndidi and Neves).
He's better than Neves as DM.

Also, I remember last year same Telegraph said that we want(or we are close) to sign Andre Gomes. Wouldn't be surprised if that's the same case now that we are close to sign PL proven but we will end up with someone else.
 

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I just worry that it's a case of we are going for the most readily available and no the best fit.
 

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I'd be disappointed in using KWP as a makeweight in a deal, but at the same time, if this is a player that complements what Jose wants to do in central mid then so be it.

If it all happens that is.
 

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I'd be disappointed in using KWP as a makeweight in a deal, but at the same time, if this is a player that complements what Jose wants to do in central mid then so be it.

If it all happens that is.
Me too, and I really do blame Poch's position on not loaning him out, or any other youth players, as one of the big negatives of his time at the club. Think he would've been our starting RB by now with 1-2 good loans under his belt.

On the other hand, most people we've sold on haven't surpassed our level...yet *looks in the direction of Marcus Edwards*. Think we need to me more decisive and one of the few dispensable squad members currently who can generate some decent money and seems logical to swap for PEH, though not without some regret and disappointment on my end.
 
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The club has pushed through to the media many times that Ndombele is not up for sale and will not be leaving the club in the summer.

If anything, I’ll be more confident that Ndombele will stay if we sign Hojbjerg. He’s literally the player we need to enable GLC and Ndombele to fit into the midfield together.
not being a massive fan of Hojbjerg I would take that if it meant you could get Lo Celso and Ndombele either side of him, can’t help but think that’s wishful thinking though. These Ndombele stories keep on cropping up which makes me think there could be a bit of internal politics going on within the management of the club or hopefully it’s just the reporters filling column inches.
 

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Get your finger off the trigger and go back and read the original post FFS.
He can't. The guy is just desperate to somehow work the conversation back to the fact he doesn't rate Winks.
 

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Dele can play in a midfield three though. I remember in his first season, he sometimes was dropped back along side Dier, and did very well.. He is also good at ghosting in from the wide left, so could potentially play up there in the forward three.

In all honesty, if Dele is going to improve, he needs to be flexible in the way he was when he came to us. Not be fixated with one position.
Liverpool at Wembley in 2017 when we beat them 4-1. Pochettino surprisingly changed his tactics and adopted a 4-3-3 with Alli and Eriksen ahead of Winks in midfield. We sat back, soaked up the pressure and tore them to shreds with only 36% possession. Alli was brilliant.

Is there any reason it can't work under Jose? I don't think Alli has been terrible playing CM whenever i've seen him. In fact, i'd go as far as saying he's better as an 8 than a number 10. He's a strange player who seems to adapt his game to where he plays. I've always thought of him as most effective in a very advanced role up top with Kane or further back where he works hard and can also make runs from deep. In some respects weirdly similar to Fellaini in terms of favoured positions.

I don't see any reason why we can't try him there alongside a more traditional playmaker. Whenever the system isn't working we can also radically change it and stick him much closer to Kane to cause a different problem.
 
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