Have Tottenham Hotspur hit the big time with Moussa Sissoko?
After reportedly snatching Newcastle United’s £30 million man right from under the noses of Premier League rivals, Everton, in the dying hours of transfer deadline-day this summer – Mauricio Pochettino seemingly pays witness to a new potentially exciting and explosive star down at White Hart Lane in the form of Moussa Sissoko.
The 27-year-old marauding midfielder may have previously stated his sincere intent on joining up with North London neighbours, Arsenal, last month – which clearly wasn’t the most capable display of common sense from the powerful French international during his time on Tyneside – but as the realm of top-flight modern day football can often prove a particularly fickle place even at the best of times, Spurs fans will likely forgive their club’s latest big money man if he can successfully start banging in the goals in the not too distant future.
So then, could Moussa Sissoko genuinely begin to justify his rather hefty transfer fee throughout the course of the upcoming 2016/17 campaign, or is this one particular move bound to backfire for Tottenham Hotspur sooner rather than later?
Sissoko is just like Wijnaldum can be quality but is so inconsistent and can be virtually non-existent in games ????
— Charlie Reeves (@charliereevesss) 1 September 2016
When Rafa Benitez got the phone call from Spurs offering £30m for Moussa Sissoko. https://t.co/6Ha1qvNPPl
— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) 2 September 2016
Well, although Sissoko often turned on the style against some of Newcastle United’s most high profile Premier League counterparts last season – and seemingly never fails to give a poor account of himself when representing France on the international stage – the former Tyneside winger isn’t exactly blessed with the greatest work ethic among the English top-flight, it has to be said.
For everything Sissoko seems to offer in glorious abundance – such as an unmistakably powerful approach when pushed out wide to the flanks, as well as an impressive ability to transform into a match-winning asset when the circumstances prove favourable – the 27-year-old Frenchman seems to disappoint in equal measure when it comes to wearing his heart on his sleeve, performing against supposedly ‘inferior’ opponents, and truly giving his all in front of the paying fans when push invariably turns to shove out there, as if often did down at St. James’.
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, many Magpies supporters may in-fact be glad to see the back of Moussa Sissoko after he failed to turn up for Newcastle time and time again throughout the course of last season. The Premier League certainly feels like somewhat of an odd little world nowadays – especially as a player like Sissoko, who played a frustrating role in seeing his team relegated for their distinct lack of fight in 2015/16, can suddenly be seen as a worthy £30 million asset the following summer merely on the back of a few decent displays with France at Euro 2016.
Such a notion seemingly won’t bother the White Hart Lane faithful all that much if Sissoko finally serves to step up his game at Tottenham this term. We all know he is capable of doing the business among the English top-flight – for although his overall technical ability and delivery inside the final third ultimately remain a little untidy on the surface – this is one player who could really begin to impress amid North London soon – given that he remains up for the fight for the entirety of the 2016/17 campaign, and not just on the odd exciting occasion where the rest of the world may be watching…
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