Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is exactly the sort of player Tottenham need and would be a big upgrade to Harry Winks in Jose Mourinho’s side.
That’s according to former Spurs winger Chris Waddle, who is fully behind their efforts to bring in the Southampton man.
Mourinho has made the signing of the defensive midfielder one of his top priorities this summer.
Spurs will need to act fast to get their man, however, following developments on Thursday evening.
However, Waddle told the Racing Post that Hjobjerg would be an ideal signing for Mourinho.
“Harry Winks is a tidy midfielder but he needs support,” Waddle said. “They have been linked with Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who is an intelligent player and could help. Hojbjerg is exactly the type of player they need.
“I remember when I was at Sheffield Wednesday and Carlton Palmer was brilliant for me. He used to tell me he would do my running and he was superb. When people doubted whether he should play for England, I used to tell them how invaluable he was. He was great for me and John Sheridan, who was a great passer of the ball. At Marseille, I had people like Jean Tigana and Didier Deschamps to do all that donkey work.
“If Spurs are going to play in Mourinho’s preferred manner of breaking the game down and then hitting teams on the counter attack, they are going to need different players. If you take Liverpool and City out of the equation, there are a lot of teams of similar ability in the Premier League.
“Tottenham could challenge but we have seen Leicester have a good season apart from the last few weeks. Wolves continue to make progress and I would expect Everton to improve next year too.
“Spurs beat Arsenal last week and Mourinho would have been delighted to have hit them on the counter attack. Especially because the Gunners dominated the ball particularly in the second half. It seems to be the way he wants to play but he needs the personnel to play in that manner. What he definitely doesn’t need is any more piano players.”
Waddle calls for Tottenham overhaul
Waddle also believes Mourinho may have to sell one or two players this summer to get the balance right in his Tottenham side.
“In any football team, you need one or two pianists and the rest of them have to carry the piano,” he added. “Jose Mourinho has the opposite at Tottenham and that has to be rectified in the next transfer window.
“He needs to have a big clear out because he has loads of players who all do the same thing. If he doesn’t get rid of some of them then they will fall short again. I’m talking about all those ‘No 10’ players. Dele Alli, Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura. They can’t all be accommodated and they need players who are going to win the ball.
“It is no good asking these No 10s to suddenly become No 6’s. They’ve never done it and they aren’t going to start doing it now.
“I don’t think Tanguy Ndombele is either. He’s another piano player. He’s not a ball-winner and he will have had his eyes on the role Alli plays and certainly doesn’t have the presence that Tottenham need in the centre of midfield.”