Spurs changed their style slightly for Hojbjerg
Maw believed, though, that Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero were less assured when passing the ball to Hojbjerg than they were when passing it to Bissouma.
On The Athletic’s The View From The Lane Podcast, the writer stated: “Yeah, there were a few instances where you could see the center-backs looking to play out and then realize it was [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg and then kind of reshape and then play a slightly different pass.
But yes, he was really good, and I believe it kind of sends a message to those other fringe players that even though you might not get a chance to play for a while or even start one for however many weeks, you can still play very well.
The reason Romero and Van de Ven might not have wanted to put Hojbjerg in a tight situation is that his strengths differ from Bissouma’s, and the Dane is clearly not as press-resistant as the Mali international. Despite this, there is some debate over whether the 28-year-old makes better decisions off the ball than Bissouma does when it comes to timing and pass selection.