Tottenham told how to save £60million in a move a pundit feels ‘makes a lot of sense’

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Tottenham, October 2022

Noel Whelan has told Tottenham how they can save £60million, in a move regarding a “very good” player that he believes “makes a lot of sense”.

Tottenham have performed well since Antonio Conte took charge of the club. Indeed, the Italian inspired Spurs to their best Premier League finish since the 2017/18 campaign.

He has managed to get something out of his players that the last few managers could not.

This season, he has continued to inspire his troops. Spurs are within the league’s top four and have pulled off some big wins, such as a 6-2 thrashing of Leicester City.

A number of standout players are performing at a good standard. Indeed, Harry Kane – who has already passed 10 goals for the season – is expected to do well.

As is Heung-min Son, who continues to put in good performances after being joint winner of the Golden Boot last season.

However, some of Conte’s squad have flown under the radar, despite their importance.

After all, football is a team effort, and the star players are afforded the opportunity to perform by the rest of the side being solid.

Whelan impressed by solid performer

It is one of Tottenham’s lesser praised stars that Whelan has been most impressed with. Indeed, he has highlighted the performances of holding-midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

“He does [deserve a pay rise],” he told Football Insider.

“I was a little bit bemused when he came in from Southampton, but he’s really proved everyone wrong.

“He’s a very good central midfield player. He’s got better and better, and he is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.”

Hojbjerg decision saves Spurs money

Hojbjerg is reportedly next in line to receive a new deal at Tottenham. While his deal runs until 2025, a new one would serve as a reward for the role he plays for the team.

Whelan feels that is a decision that will save Spurs a lot of money.

“This news doesn’t surprise me because if you let him run down his contract and leave, with the performances he’s put in – you’re probably talking about £60million to bring in a similar player,” he said.

“It makes a lot of sense to keep him around and hope he can keep improving as he enters his prime.”

Given Hojbjerg is 27, he should be nearing his peak, and should have a good few years at this level. As such, Spurs will want to make sure they reap the benefits of that.

Indeed, he could prove to be a linchpin in the Spurs side for the next few years.