By Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson has claimed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was “a big miss” for Tottenham against Newcastle United on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one said the 27-year-old’s absence highlighted a lack of squad depth.
Hojbjerg was not named in the Spurs squad that lost 2-1 at home to Newcastle on Sunday (23 October).
As quoted by Football.London (23 October), Antonio Conte revealed the centre-midfielder was missing from the squad because he was suffering from fatigue.
Conte was unsure if Hojbjerg would be ready to face Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Oliver Skipp replaced the Denmark international in the starting lineup against the Magpies.
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Robinson was “surprised” by the England under-21 international’s inclusion.
“Hojbjerg was a big miss,” he told Football Insider.
“I was surprised when I saw Skipp in the team. He was given his opportunity because Hojbjerg, Richarlison and [Dejan] Kulusevski were missing.
“The lack of squad depth has been highlighted. Conte took it upon himself after the game to highlight the need for time. He needs more transfer windows.
“They were missing key players but they should be able to cope better than they did in a home game against Newcastle.”
Hojbjerg has been one of Tottenham’s standout players in the 2022-23 campaign.
The centre-midfielder has contributed three goals and three assists in 15 appearances across all competitions.
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By Paul Robinson