Tottenham Hotspur was fortunate on Saturday, not for the first time, with an opportunity to again take hold of their European fate. Unlike the previous attempts this season, where the Spurs came up short when they had a chance to make a little move up the table, Tottenham did enough against the Wolverhampton Wanderers to move to sixth, ahead of West Ham on goal differential.
While going sixth does not seem that big of a deal, earning Europa League after the lows of this season would be. Of course, before the lows of the season for Spurs, there were some good times and one of the stars of Tottenham’s early-season success was back at his best on Sunday.
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – Tottenham star of the game
At the beginning of the season, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was like a godsend to the Tottenham line-up as he provided protection and punch from the deep midfield. Demonstrating passing better than advertise along with the white-collar defense we were promised, the Dane was dominant.
As the season wore on and so did Højbjerg’s minutes, his overall effectiveness waned and so too did the Spurs performances. Seemingly benefitting from not playing every three days, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was as good for Spurs as he has been since before the new year.
Tackles, aerial wins, pinpoint passing, that was Pierre-Emile Højbjerg when Tottenham was in first-place. That was Pierre-Emile Højbjerg on Sunday. While we should not get ahead of ourselves, Wolves are playing for nothing it was nice to see the Dane back to his best on Sunday. With a bit more depth for adequate rest next season, maybe Pierre-Emile Højbjerg can provide what Tottenham needs as he did on Sunday.
Read on to see how we rated Højbjerg and the rest of the Spurs in the 2-0 win.