Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had Arsenal star ‘in his pocket’, says Garth Crooks

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Hojbjerg impressed Crooks (Picture: Getty)

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has proven Garth Crooks wrong and he was seriously impressed by his performance against Arsenal this weekend.

Crooks, the former Tottenham Hotspur striker, felt the former Southampton midfielder wasn’t up to Spurs’ standards but now believes he’s the ideal Jose Mourinho player.

He thought Hojbjerg looked the ‘real deal’ in the middle of the park as Tottenham strolled to a 2-0 win.

While it was Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min who scored the goals, Hojbjerg and midfield partner Moussa Sissoko worked tirelessly to keep a blunt Arsenal at bay.

Crooks was hugely impressed by the nature of the performance of the former Bayern Munich man, who controlled proceedings well.

And he claimed that Hojbjerg had Willian ‘in his pocket’ for the majority of the game.

Willian of Arsenal takes on Son Hueng-Min of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 06, 2020 in London, England. A limited number of fans are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only.
Willian was in Hojbjerg’s pocket, says Crooks (Picture: Getty)

‘I didn’t think much of the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the first place, to be perfectly honest, and I wasn’t even sure he was a Tottenham player,’ Crooks told the BBC.

‘What has become increasingly obvious is that here is another Mourinho player. Hojbjerg is looking like the real deal in a side that is more interested in being solid than pretty football.

‘To be fair, Tottenham’s style of play at home against Arsenal wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be under Mourinho.

‘In fact, Hojbjerg had Willian in his pocket for much of the game. If these performances continue like this, I might get to like Mourinho.’

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