Born: 05 August 1995 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
What a 2020/21 campaign for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg!
The all-action midfielder joined us from Southampton in August, 2020. A true leader in those central battlegrounds, The Viking was ever-present in the Premier League in his first season as a Spur, playing every minute of the 38 matches. He went on to feature in 54 of our 58 matches in all competitions.
Pierre scored twice in the Premier League and was second only behind Manchester City's Rodrigo in terms of completed passes in the Premier League in 2020/21 - 2,765 to Rodrigo's 2,785.
His season didn't end there though, far from it. Pierre was then part of Denmark's extraordinary Euro 2020 campaign, playing every minute again as his country overcame the emotional toil of Christian Eriksen's cardiac arrest in the first group game to reach the semi-finals, where they were beaten by Harry Kane's penalty in extra time.
Pierre moved to Bayern Munich from Brøndby IF in July, 2012, making his debut later that season against 1. FC Nürnberg at the age of 17, and in doing so, became the youngest player ever to represent them in the Bundesliga. He was named Danish Talent of the Year in 2013 and started the 2014 German Cup final, where Bayern overcame Borussia Dortmund 2-0 after extra time.
His time in Germany also saw him enjoy loan spells at FC Augsburg, who he helped to Europa League qualification in 2015, and FC Schalke, where he made more than 30 appearances during the 2015/16 campaign.
He made his move to the Premier League with Southampton in 2016, helping them to the EFL Cup final in his first season and was named Club Captain in December, 2018. He made a total of 134 appearances and scored five goals during his four-year spell at St Mary's.
Højbjerg made his senior international debut for Denmark as an 18-year-old in their 1-0 win over Sweden in May, 2014. At the end of the European Championships, he had 47 caps to his name, scoring four goals.