Alasdair Gold has said that Tottenham Hotspur cannot afford to sell Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in January as they will be without both Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr during the African Cup of Nations.

Hojbjerg’s only start for Tottenham this season came in the win over Fulham last week, with the Dane coming into the team for the suspended Bissouma and demonstrating that he can be counted upon.

The experienced midfielder dropped back to the bench for the clash against Crystal Palace as the Mali international returned, and with Rodrigo Bentancur also making his long-awaited comeback in the game, the former Saints man will not find it easy to get any starts over the coming weeks and months.

In fact, it was reported by CalcioMercato (via Football Italia) a couple of days ago that Hojbjerg’s representatives have already reached out to Juventus and offered the player to the Old Lady as the 28-year-old is keen on leaving Spurs in search of regular game time.

The report added that the Serie A giants are now evaluating several options before deciding which midfielder to pursue in January.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg kicks the ball

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Do Tottenham need to keep Hojbjerg around?

Gold believes that even if Hojbjerg pushes to leave, Spurs cannot afford to sell him in January given that they will be without two key players during the month.

The journalist said on Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham Podcast: “I think the idea was and unless they’re really still flying at that point [he] would want to move on in January for regular football.

“But I just don’t think you can let him go. With Bissouma and Sarr heading off to the African Cup of Nations I don’t think you can afford to let Hojbjerg go. I think he’s shown his worth once again.”

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I believe that Posteocglou will insist on bringing a replacement through the door before allowing Hojbjerg to leave. The Australian certainly would not want to be left with Skipp and Bentancur as his only two centre-midfielder options during the AFCON.

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