Hojberg wasn’t immune from the nonsensical
Pierre Hojberg has patrolled the midfield and protected the back four like a robot all season. He is a player Spurs cannot afford to rest, which was blatantly evident last night. Hojberg looked more exhausted than a 40-year-old pill popper on a four-day Ibiza binge.
Watching Hojberg unable to close down with his usual rabid-dog tenacity was almost as strange as Reguilon’s audaciously rare own goal. Everything that could have gone wrong, did go awry against an Aston Villa side with nothing to play for.
Hojberg’s off night was confirmation of that. The Dane, who has started every one of Tottenham’s 37 top flight matches this season, is clearly run off his feet. With one of their most influential players running on empty, don’t expect amazing things from Denmark in the forthcoming European Championships. Hojberg would be better off getting a few winks of sleep before being called upon unrelentingly again next season.
The only thing that did go as expected in what turned out to be depressingly bizarre 90 minutes of football was yet another poor Eric Dier performance.