Pierre-Emile Højbjerg’s Southampton career looked doomed not so long ago, but the Danish midfielder has fought back.
Still only 22 years of age, Højbjerg has been more involved and received some praise for his contribution. When he joined Southampton the youngster talked a great game, giving some brilliant interviews to the Danish media and sounding way beyond his years.
But he struggled to turn those good intentions into performances, and will be relieved things are now going better.
What Højbjerg won’t be too happy about is reports in Denmark this week that he’s unlikely to be called up for the national squad.
National manager Åge Hareide has said he wants to trust the players who helped Denmark qualify and sees no reason to change his squad, although he is watching the Southampton player.
It’s been made clear that just because Højbjerg is getting regular Premier League games that doesn’t automatically push him ahead of others.
To be selected for the World Cup, the Southampton midfielder may have to hope for the misfortune of others, or that Hareide gives him a chance to impress in a friendly.
It’s made big news in Denmark, and the media seem to be siding with the national manager, given he’s got the country to the World Cup.