Pierre Hojberg, Tottenham’s next club captain
Which brings us to Pierre Hojberg. Based on Tottenham’s current roster, no other player is better suited for the role.
The dogged Dane perfectly embodies the traditional persona of a club captain. He’s committed, rugged, leads by example and enjoys thoroughly verbally jousting opponents and teammates alike. His style of play is slightly reminiscent of how Roy Keane acquitted himself.
Other than Harry Kane, and arguably Sonny, Hojberg was Tottenham’s most valuable player in the 2020-2021 campaign. A stalwart and heavily relied upon presence in the centre of the park, the Danish ironman featured in every Premier League match for Spurs.
He goes about his business with consummate professionalism and conducts himself in a forthright manner. The Dane is never in the media spotlight for unenviable reasons and keeps a quiet profile off the field, the polar opposite to his imposing on-field persona.
Without Hojberg’s consistent, tireless protection, I shudder to think how many more goals Tottenham’s porous rearguard would have conceded this season. Hojberg so often picked up the slack left by Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez, the responsible Dane saving their blushes countless times.
Based on his current long-term contract, Hojberg will remain at Spurs until June 2025. We know contracts aren’t exactly ironclad, but the Dane is enjoying his football in north London and currently has no reason to consider a move elsewhere.
And best of all, the dependable Dane wouldn’t let being named captain go to his head. Quite the contrary. If anything, handing the captaincy to Hojberg would inspire him, and his teammates, to greater things, facilitating the opportunity to reach his potential of being one of the world’s best defensive central midfielders.