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Sport "The best midfield player" - Exclusive: Graham Roberts hails Tottenham beast Mourinho used to call Zidane

10:00  24 september  2021
10:00  24 september  2021 Source:   footballfancast.com

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But for a few years Tottenham had a midfield genius, a playmaker of extraordinary talent who perhaps frustratingly played for them at the wrong time. “Out of everybody I ever faced as a player , he drove me to become better,” said Roy Keane of his midfield nemesis. “Obviously Arsenal were the team that really challenged Manchester United and, for a short time, went past us. On his day, when he was driving Arsenal on with the sheer force of his personality, he was unplayable.”

The story claims sources on the continent have linked the Reds with a swoop for a player who is also believed to be attracting interest from many of their Premier League rivals; although surely a move would depend on the long-term future of Luis Suarez. And finally, Zinedine Zidane has had his say on Sir The French legend spoke out after the former Manchester United boss said Gerrard had never been “a top, top player”. But in quotes published by the Mirror, Zidane said, “For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for

a football player on a field: Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg warms up before Wolves clash © Provided by Football FanCast Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg warms up before Wolves clash

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts has hailed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as the “best midfield player” in Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Hojbjerg was signed by ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho last summer and managed to make a positive impact following his arrival from Southampton.

His impact was so good that it led to his team-mates and Mourinho himself calling him Zidane.

The Portuguese manager has obviously since left Tottenham, but that has not affected Hojbjerg. On WhoScored, the 26-year-old currently has an average match rating of 7.03 (Premier League only), only Son Heung-min (7.07) and Lucas Moura (7.09) have recorded better averages in Tottenham’s squad.

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But The Mirror reports that Zidane , who is now assistant manager and sporting director at Real Madrid, insists that Ferguson is wrong and that Gerrard was once the world's best midfielder. Zidane said: ''Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong.' 'For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world.

Zidane – a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year – feels Gerrard was once the best midfield player on the planet. And rates former Manchester United schemer Scholes in a similar bracket. ‘There was a point when Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. It is unusual to get complete midfield players who can do everything, but that is what he was. ‘His legs are not going to be what they were five or six years ago - but his presence and leadership are invaluable for Liverpool.’

On Hojbjerg, Roberts simply said to FFC: “I think Hojbjerg is the best midfielder [at Tottenham].”

Last season, Hojbjerg averaged 2.6 tackles per game in the Premier League, the second-highest average in Spurs’ squad, so it is easy to see what he brings to the pitch.

After Harry Kane and Son, the Denmark international is arguably the north London club’s most valuable player.

The last couple of weeks have been disappointing for Hojbjerg and his team-mates, losing London derbies to Chelsea and Crystal Palace, 3-0 on both occasions.

But with the quality of the former Southampton man, Kane and Son, you would expect them to bounce back in the league soon.

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