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“He is a great leader” - Angus Gunn praises Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is apparently as good as we think he is as Saints captain

Brighton & Hove Albion v Southampton FC - Premier League Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn praised Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as Saints’ captain on Saturday as he was the difference maker in his team’s 1-0 away win at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Denmark international Hojbjerg scored Southampton’s winning goal, moving Saints five points clear of Cardiff City in the Premier League relegation zone.

“He scored an identical goal in the international break with Denmark, so he had the confidence from that,” Gunn said. [H/T the Daily Echo]

“It was a great move and an example of the way we are playing. We press high, win the ball and then counter.

“He is a great leader. If I didn’t know how old he was, I definitely wouldn’t say he is 23-years-old.

“He is one of the older heads in the dressing room if you like and, obviously, he has been around the block.

“He’s played for Bayern Munich, which is a massive club. He has been there and done it. He is a great player to have in the dressing room.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl made Hojbjerg his team’s captain when he joined in December. What a great choice.