Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has clear message about lack of playing time

After seeing his minutes decrease under Ange Postecoglou, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has spoken his mind.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has spoken out about his recent lack of action for Tottenham, which hasn’t helped the team's case - if there is any - to keep him beyond this season.

The Danish midfielder shared his thoughts on the situation, making it clear that he’s not having a good time in North London right now.

“Of course I’m not happy with what’s going on at the club. It’s not a secret, but it’s not something I make a fuss about either,” the player told Tipsbladet.

“I’m giving it my all to show the coach that he should believe in me”, he continued.

Hojbjerg's minutes have gone down in recent matches

The former Southhampton and Bayern Munich midfielder became a key player for Tottenham under Jose Mourinho, being one of the most reliable players on the team during the Portuguese manager's tenure with the Lillywhites. He continued his strong form when Antonio Conte took over as well.

That said, things have changed a lot under Ange Postecoglou. The Australian boss has favored other midfielders over Hojbjerg during his first season in charge of Spurs, mainly using him in the place of injured starters.

Numbers show a concerning trend for the Danish midfielder across the last five fixtures, having played 10 minutes against Brighton, five against Wolves, eight against Crystal Palace, two against Aston Villa and 24 against Fulham, respectively.

Hojbjerg’s desire to leave the team after this season hasn’t helped his case, either, but it’s clear he wants to contribute as much as possible while he’s still on the roster.

Tottenham will return to action against Luton Town this Saturday, trying to return to winning ways after the discouraging loss to Fulham before the international break. In all likelihood, Hojbjerg will try to take any opportunity he gets to see if he can climb Postecoglou’s pecking order, and stay there, for the rest of the season.