2. Pierre Hojberg
The dogged Dane is as important as anyone to “the project.” The Danish ironman didn’t miss a Premier League match, featuring in all 38 encounters. While astoundingly fit, he showed clear signs of fatigue in the final few matches, committing unnecessary and uncharacteristic mistakes. At least the last few weeks proved he is human after all.
Hojberg arrived at Spurs from Southampton for £15 million and has already doubled his market value. Physically robust, he always exerts a full-blooded effort. I shudder to think how many more goals Spurs’ rearguard would have conceded had it not been for Hojberg’s undervalued effort in front of them.
He’s a stalwart, a machine in the centre of the park. But he’s also adept with the ball at his feet, resembling a modern-era Roy Keane. He’s just 25 years old and oozes leadership potential, making him one of the favourites to succeed Hugo Lloris — if Harry Kane leaves — as club captain.
There’s a few things Jose Mourinho should be proud of from his time in north London, including landing the tenacious viking’s services.