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Premier League boss praises Tottenham player who could be sold

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been praised by Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Gary O’Neil.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg impressed Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Gary O’Neil on Monday night.

Tottenham Hotspur hosted Fulham on Monday with Ange Postecoglou picking up another three points.

Son Heung-min and James Maddison were on the scoresheet as Tottenham claimed a 2-0 victory.

Spurs sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League table with Postecoglou’s dream start continuing.

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Gary O’Neil praises Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Tottenham have played better this season but Postecoglou will still be pleased with three points despite his team not being at their best.

Postecoglou was forced into one change as Yves Bissouma’s suspension meant a start for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in midfield.

Hojbjerg is never going to be as silky on the ball as Bissouma but he still did a fine job in holding midfield.

Wolves boss Gary O’Neil was on punditry duty and moved to praise Hojbjerg after the full-time whistle.

O’Neil highlighted that both of Tottenham’s goals came from winning the ball back high up the pitch with excellent passes setting up the goals.

Micky van de Ven found Richarlison with a first-time pass to then set up Son, before Hojbjerg then did the same to find Son, who picked out Maddison to score.

Those crisp first-time passes helped Tottenham take advantage of Fulham and O’Neil praised Hojbjerg’s ‘fantastic’ pass to seal the win.

“I think the key to both of the goals was the quality on the first pass,” said O’Neil. “Jamie touched on the one at half-time, when the centre back comes in and cushions it in lovely with his left foot, and then the second one, Hojbjerg stepping in, fantastic first pass into the nine and no time for Fulham to recover,” he added.

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My view: Hojbjerg exit still seems likely in January

Hojbjerg made his first league start of the season and did a decent enough job in another Tottenham victory.

The numbers looked decent enough; Hojbjerg recorded one shot on target, two interceptions, one aerial duel and 76 passes but did pick up a yellow card.

Postecoglou knows that he can call upon Hojbjerg if needed but it’s hard to see him displacing Bissouma in the Spurs side.

The Mirror noted over the weekend that Spurs are happy to sell Hojbjerg in January if they can find a replacement.

Hojbjerg is approaching the final 18 months of his contract and Spurs won’t want his value to diminish, so a January exit still feels likely despite Monday’s display.-

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