In August 2020, Pierre-Emile Hojberg joined Tottenham from Southampton. The deal has been valued at £15 million but it also saw Kyle Walker-Pieters go the other way for £12 million. Since making the switch, Hojberg has made four appearances for the Lily Whites. Although his performances haven’t been headline grabbing, they have helped Tottenham’s most expensive player hit form.
Tanguy Ndombele struggled with fitness in his first year with Tottenham, but his performances weren’t helped by the lack of a defensive midfielder in the side. Although a double pivot of Ndombele and Lo Celso would work, it would require one to stay back if the other went forward, this would restrict them a little.
With Hojberg’s ability and willingness to sit back and defend, this has given Tanguy more freedom. Tanguy’s performance levels have skyrocketed since Hojberg’s arrival and he has also looked happier under Mourinho. This has been a huge turnaround for the Frenchman who looked like he was out of Mourinho’s plans and halfway out the door already.
Ndombele now looks like the player Tottenham thought they were buying. He is talented both physically and technically, one of the best all round midfielders in Europe. Spurs have someone to progress the ball with pace through his excellent dribbling and smart passing.
If Mourinho opts for a midfield three of Lo Celso, Hojberg and Ndombele, the Tottenham have one of the best midfield threes in Europe.