£30 million for Moussa Sissoko? Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley will be jumping for joy.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur made a dramatic deadline day move for the France international, signing the 27-year-old winger on a lucrative contract that will keep him at White Hart Lane for the next five years. And while Magpies fans will be celebrating the size of the fee, he could turn out to be value for money if the Spurs boss gets the best out of him.
On his day, Sissoko is exceptional – there’s no doubt about it. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have too many days like that. After a relatively low-key campaign at St James’ Park, the player knew that his reputation was on the line at Euro 2016 this summer.
Perform well and a move to a Premier League club was on the cards. Play badly and he would be resigned to strutting his stuff against the likes of Burton Albion and Barnsley in the Championship – and fortunately for him, he played incredibly well when called upon and kept his place in Didier Deschamps’ side for the latter stages of the competition.
The Frenchman will bring pace, energy and enthusiasm to Tottenham – three traits that will certainly help Pochettino’s men as they look to challenge for a place in the top four.
While Spurs pushed Leicester City close last season, they should be looking to back that up with a solid performance this time around and a Champions League spot is an absolute must for the north London side.
Spurs have failed to inspire too much confidence in the opening stages of 2016/17 and Sissoko’s presence and injection of positivity on the flanks could spark them into life.
Harry Kane performed miserably at the Euros and has posed little threat so far whilst the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela – all key players for Tottenham last season – have struggled to get going this time around.
However, the international break should give Pochettino the opportunity to work with those players who are staying in London whilst their team-mates go off and feature for their respective nations. Sissoko now has almost ten days to get to grips with the manager’s style and system; and that is all he needs. The former Newcastle man is a quick learner and if anyone can reap rewards from his varied and extensive skillset, it is the Spurs boss.
Moussa Sissoko has bags of potential and it honestly wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Pochettino mould the Frenchman into a fantastic footballer. If he buys into Tottenham’s style and system, it could be a match made in heaven.
That was a bad, bad performance. From Tottenham, from several key players (Kane & Eriksen in particular) and from the referee.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) August 27, 2016