‘Building your team around’ – Garth Crooks names Spurs star in Team of the Week – Spurs Web

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Garth Crooks named Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to his Team of the Week and urged Antonio Conte to build his squad around the Dane.

With Skipp suspended for the Leeds United game, Hojbjerg arguably had an extra responsibility on his shoulders as he was associated with Harry Winks, who may lack the 21-year-old’s natural defensive instinct.

The Denmark international struggled to enter the game in the first half as Leeds dominated the proceedings.

However, he was one of the architects of Tottenham’s revival after the break as he gained possession in dangerous areas and launched several attacks.

The 26-year-old scored the home side’s equalizer just before the hour mark, with Sergio Reguilon scoring the winner 11 minutes later.

Crooks admitted he was not impressed with Tottenham’s performance against Leeds, suggesting Conte has a lot of work to do.

However, the former Spurs forward has praised Hojbjerg, saying the former Southampton man has the attributes Conte will adore.

Crooks wrote in his Team of the Week column for BBC Sport: “We weren’t that long in the game when it became obvious to me that Spurs were out of their depth against a Leeds side who were much more disciplined and tactically conscious.

“I have no doubts about Antonio Conte’s credentials for a minute and if you had read The Crooks of Matter recently, you would know why. The problem is, Conte has a lot of work to do at Spurs.

“However, he could do a lot worse than start building his squad around Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. The Denmark international is a serious and down-to-earth individual who seems to have all the characteristics that Conte admires.

“The Italian manager’s passion for the game and his will to win are convincing. It will be some time before Spurs can match that and that is why he needs time.

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Conte was always going to enjoy working with Hojbjerg given the intensity that Dane brings and his state of mind. Although the 26-year-old has some technical limitations, he is the kind of reliable player Conte has tended to build his teams around rather than talented mavericks like Ndombele or Dele.

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