Paul Merson says Tottenham have a player that thinks he is better than he is, ahead of North London derby
Paul Merson has told 90Min Football that he believes Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg thinks he is better, than he actually is.
Tottenham take on Arsenal this weekend at The Emirates, with both sides enduring mixed starts to the Premier League season.
Arsenal lost their opening three Premier League games, while Spurs won theirs. But since then, Arsenal have won their last two.
Spurs, meanwhile, have suffered consecutive 3-0 losses to Chelsea and Palace. However, they did beat Wolves on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
Speaking ahead of the North London derby on Sunday, Merson picked Hojbjerg alongside Thomas Partey in an Arsenal and Tottenham XI.
However, Arsenal icon Merson claimed that he is not the biggest fan of the Denmark – suggesting Hojbjerg thinks he is better than he actually is.
“I’m not a great lover of Hojbjerg, he thinks he is better than what he is,” Merson said. “What is brilliant for Spurs, finishing eighth, ninth, 10th?
“He’s got the easiest job in the world. All he does is sit in front of the back four, I have to give you Hojbjerg because he’s more reliable.”
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Jamie O’Hara leapt to the defence of Merson’s claim when the Arsenal legend said what he said – stating Merson was “out of order”.
However, has £102k-a-week (Spotrac) Hojbjerg really been that great? Ever since joining Spurs, he has been first choice. But Spurs have struggled.
He is meant to protect the back four, but the goals have not dried up with Hojbjerg. Three clean sheets was followed by six goals conceded.
Of the options between Arsenal and Tottenham, Hojbjerg is the best defensive midfielder. Merson has a point, in that he is underperforming.
While he not might be the kind of player to think he is better than he actually is, Hojbjerg is certainly not playing to the best of his ability.