Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has admitted it was “not fun” to be involved in Tottenham’s recent rough patch, but is still behind their “process” under new coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
Hojbjerg is currently on international duty with Denmark. Tottenham headed into the break on the back of a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, in which the former Southampton man scored. It brought an end to their recent struggles, having lost three consecutive Premier League matches.
The most painful of those was a 3-1 loss to Arsenal in the north London derby, following back-to-back 3-0 defeats to fellow London sides Crystal Palace and Chelsea.
They will be hoping to have overcome that rough patch, which even led to questions of Nuno losing his job just a few months after his appointment.
He remains in the post for now and the task will be to keep things heading in the right direction after the international break. Hojbjerg will be key to those plans after being ever-present in their opening seven Premier League games this season.
The midfielder has now opened up on their struggles, which he described as “absolutely unacceptable”.
He said in quotes translated by Sport Witness of their return to winning ways against Villa: “Of course it meant a lot.
“It was important to get back on the right keel after conceding nine goals in three games.
“It is absolutely unacceptable. Especially when you only score one goal yourself. It was not fun to be a part of.
“Even when we won three matches, we were well aware that we did not do things perfectly and were still in a process.
“Now, we luckily got a victory over Aston Villa, so overall it looks ok after seven games. We are four points behind first, so if we stick to now, it may well be ok.”
Hojbjerg has 64 appearances and four goals to his name for Tottenham since joining them in 2020. He remains under contract until 2025 and will be hoping to enjoy some positive achievements in that time.
After the international break, Spurs have fixtures against Newcastle (away), Vitesse (away in the Europa Conference League), West Ham and Burnley (away), and Manchester United (home) in October.
A return fixture against Vitesse and a trip to face Everton will see them into the next break, in what could be a critical few weeks to measure their ambitions under Nuno.
Hojbjerg teammate linked with exit
While Hojbjerg has seen plenty of action under Nuno so far, one fellow midfielder who has not is Harry Winks.
Sent to the fringes by predecessor Jose Mourinho, Winks’ struggles have continued since the change of coach.
As such, reports have emerged linking him with a departure from the club – either on loan or on a permanent basis.
It has since been revealed by Caught Offside that Winks has been the subject of a concrete approach from Everton.
The Toffees have made a decent start under Rafael Benitez but are still in a long-term process of rebuilding. Midfield is an area they want to strengthen and a move for Winks may benefit all parties.
He is at a stage of his career where he needs to be playing more regularly. Leaving Tottenham for the first time may be the only way to rectify that.
Spurs have put their faith in other options so far such as Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso.
It is the Dane who remains the main man in that territory, meaning doubts will remain about some of his teammates.