Cases for and against Tottenham selling Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg amid shock transfer exit rumors

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is one surprise Tottenham player whose future is being questioned, coming as a shock to many. There has been talk of Spurs entertaining bids for the Dane this summer, after the signing of Yves Bissouma, but football.london understands the club have no intention of selling him.

It has been reported that the new arrival is likely to link up with Rodrigo Bentancur in Antonio Conte’s regular XI and this sparked suggestion that both Harry Winks and the Dane could possibly be moved on as a knock-on effect. Hojbjerg was a key part of the 52-year-old’s squad last season, making 36 Premier League appearances and starting in all of them.

The 26-year-old adapted well to whoever his midfield partner was, which started off being Oliver Skipp and moved on to Bentancur following the Uruguayan’s arrival, with the occasional appearance from Winks. As much of Conte’s side did, Hojbjerg improved the consistency in his performances as the season went on and helped the Spurs secure their fourth-place Premier League finish.

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Last week, Hojbjerg reflected on last season, in an interview with Tottenham. “Maybe you could call the season a great turnaround. Maybe you could say that,” the midfielder admitted.

“It’s not a secret that the start of the season was very up and down – probably too many downs – and the difference was that the performances were very inconsistent which created frustration inside and outside the building – you understand that, of course – but the way we managed, especially from November when the gaffer came in, to create a consistent behavior and consistent performances overall was good.

“The key [now] is to do it every single week. I think we are getting there, and I think everyone can be proud of themselves, “the Dane added, as he looks ahead to next season and the teams that finished above his side.

“We were close to the top three in terms of points, which is also a good step forward. The top four was the target and we got there, so you can say that we took something positive from the season.”

The 26-year-old’s positive words do not indicate any sign of him making a move away from N17. It will be a relief to many that the Dane does not look to be going anywhere, but with the talk surrounding his future, football.london takes a look at the potential reasons for and against selling Hojbjerg.

For

There aren’t really many reasons as to why moving the 26-year-old on would be beneficial for Tottenham. With the Dane making improvements at Spurs, this has helped increase its market value.

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Hojbjerg is now worth up to £ 60million, according to CIES football observatory. Given he signed for Spurs for £ 15million after having just a year left on his deal at Southampton, that would represent a significant return on their investment if the club decided to sell. And with the arrivals of Bissouma and Bentancur this year, Conte has already added quality to his side in the middle.

Before his injury, Oliver Skipp was showing his potential and he is likely to only develop, given his young age. Therefore if the Italian had all three available to him and any more central midfielders made the move to Spurs, this could pave way for Hojbjerg to move on.

football.londonreported on Monday that Tottenham have not yet followed up on their interest in Christian Eriksen this summer. However, the club have been linked with other midfielders, who could make the move to N17 in the next couple of months and this will make it even more of a battle for Hojbjerg, if this is the case.

Against

Despite the rationale which would potentially make a move for Dane more understandable, the reasons not to sell him far outweigh the reasons to push forward with a sale following the impact Hojbjerg has had.

Bissouma’s arrival adds competition for the two central midfield spots, even more so if any other players sign for Tottenham who can fulfill the role. However, this is what Conte needs in his team, especially next season.

The amount of fixtures Spurs have will mean rotation is inevitable and Conte needs a strong squad to be able to make changes and not have his relative quality drop. The five substitutions rule also emphasizes the importance of having a larger squad.

Competition is also healthy in a top side, with players always trying to perform at their best, to ensure they aren’t replaced. Not only are these key reasons to keep Hojbjerg in the squad, but also due to his value at Tottenham. The Dane has played almost every game for the last two seasons and football.londonunderstands that Hojbjerg and Eric Dier are the first players to arrive at Hotspur Way each morning and the former is one of the last to leave.

His dedication to the squad is also highlighted by the fact he has often played with injuries for Spurs, as he does not want to let his side down. This, along with his leadership and experience, are exactly the qualities Conte wants and needs in a Tottenham player.

It would’ve been an odd move, for a player who has been a crucial part of the Spurs squad for the last couple of seasons. For now, Hojbjerg looks to be a player who is sticking around and Conte will be expecting more of the same from the Dane next season.

What’s your opinion on Hojbjerg’s future? Do you want to see him stay at Tottenham long-term? Or would a big return on his transfer fee be worth it? Have your say in the comments below …

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