Højbjerg benefiting from extra rest
Pierre Højbjerg was terrific to start the season but clear grew tired and worn down as the season moved on. Now that Tottenham has gone several weeks without a midweek match, we are starting to see a fresh Pierre Højbjerg again.
On Sunday Højbjerg was alert on both sides of the ball, recovering the ball with ease and scoring a fantastic goal almost completely on instinct.
Whereas a few weeks ago Højbjerg was a step slow to everything on Sunday he was ahead of play all day long. Never pressured on the ball, Højbjerg was passing the rock like a point guard, and his straight up the gut through ball to Harry Kane toward the end of the first half changed the game.
There is no doubt Højbjerg had a major dip in his form so seeing it come back is a really good thing. With the right formation, the right partner, and a little cover, Pierre Højbjerg should be able to bring that same kind of intensity all season long. He was just overused and undersupported under Mourinho.
While Dele was good and Højbjerg was great, we have to remember that first point, Wolves let this happen. Rather than running to cut the angles and make the passing hard, Wolverhampton did just enough to try and stay in front of the Spurs and shorten the game.
In other words, the performances from Dele and Højbjerg should be expected against a team like Wolves, who have nothing to play for and are currently bottom half. With two games in the next seven days and everything Europa League to play for, hopefully, the Tottenham performances can continue.
Whether or not Villa and Leicester have anything to play for in the final two games is irrelevant as Spurs do.