Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has had a mixed time of things following his £12.8million arrival from Bayern Munich back in the summer of 2016, but the Denmark international has certainly seen his stock grow as he adjusted to the club, the Premier League and settled in.
The 23-year-old was a massive positive for the club in what was another disappointing season in the campaign of 2018/19, and having taken on armband duties following the injury to Ryan Bertrand, he seemed to relish the role and the responsibility and we saw more improvement in the performances.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl certainly favours him as he continued to be our skipper despite Bertrand’s return to fitness, and speaking to the Daily Echo recently, he described being given the skippers’ armband as being the ‘proudest moment of my career’.
“I think the older you get, the more experienced you get because stuff happens to you. You grow into a certain position in your life and in your sport and I think that is happening with me. I really like to take responsibility. I would say I grow with responsibility. I am who I am, and I give what I can to the team and the club thinks I am worthy to be captain. I am very proud and very honoured. It is maybe the proudest moment of my career. You take it in, but you also know that you have a responsibility and you need to grow with it and work with it.”
There’s certainly more to come from the lad, as given his age there’s plenty of improvement and development that he can continue to strive for, and we just have to hope we see the best years of his career with us.
He’s certainly got his head screwed on right and he should be one of those players who makes significant steps forward under Hasenhuttl.