Former player and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier believes that the club could have a battle on their hands come next summer when it comes to fighting off interest in highly influential midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The 23-year-old midfielder has developed well since his £12.8million arrival from Bayern Munich back in the summer of 2016 and he now has 73 starting appearances to his name, along with a further 17 substitute showings. Across those games, the full Danish international has now contributed five goals – four of them coming in the 2018/19 campaign itself, as well as two assists.
Speaking at the weekend during Sky Sports Soccer Saturday coverage (6/4 – 12.18pm of the day’s fixtures, MLT took the opportunity to go back to Friday night’s action against Liverpool, and although the result went against manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, he felt that Hojbjerg was really now beginning to make his mark on the top flight in this country.
He didn’t, however, feel that the undoubted interest that would come in for him, would see him leave given how important he’s now become to our midfield.
“His performances have been exceptional, and that’s the way of football. I don’t think he will go this summer, but I think if he has another fantastic season, he comes on again as he has done this season, then obviously there will be people taking a look at him.”
It’s always a worry, and if a player is doing well they will appear on people’s radars but I can’t see Hasenhuttl not digging in over any interest and Hojbjerg has improved under the Austrian so he should want to keep that going.