Ange Postecoglou named Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in his starting lineup for Tottenham’s match against West Ham, which was a grave mistake.
After serving his suspension, Cristian Romero is back in the starting lineup, and Emerson Royal is benched to make room for the Argentine fighter.
However, by substituting Hojbjerg for Bryan Gil in the midfield, Postecoglou has somewhat stiffened the defense, and Giovanni Lo Celso has moved up into a number ten position.
However, considering Hojbjerg’s performance when he entered the game as a substitute in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Manchester City, the former Celtic manager has undoubtedly made a mistake if he wants more defensive stability.
According to WhoScored, the Danish midfielder was dribbled past in the midfield more times than anyone not named Royal, Destiny Udogie, or Brennan Johnson wearing a Spurs shirt. He also failed to make a single tackle during his second-half introduction.
Oliver Skipp is patiently waiting for his chance, and since Pape Sarr is still sidelined due to injury, Postecoglou ought to have entered the side rather than Hojbjerg if he had wanted more durability in the middle.
Ange wasn’t obstructing the former Bayern Munich player, who was scheduled to depart the team in the summer for a specific reason. It’s just nonsensical to watch him enter the team so frequently at this point.
We have other options in north London that have a better long-term outlook than him, and he’s not doing all that well. The boss made a mistake before a game that we simply cannot afford to lose.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs appear to be winning the transfer war, so lightning should strike twice.