Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has hit back at his critics and insisted that he has faith in his ability and will improve.
The former Newcastle United man joined Spurs this past summer in a £30m deal, as noted by ESPN FC, but has failed to live up to expectations so far.
With just one start in his last seven appearances for the club, it appears as though he’s slowly slipping into being a fringe player which is something neither party would have expected or wanted to see.
Mauricio Pochettino publicly criticised him last month to add to his misery, and ultimately he hasn’t looked the same player that, on occasion, impressed at Newcastle and was a real driving force for France at Euro 2016.
Sissoko is aware of the criticism and scrutiny he is coming under, but has issued a strong response as he looks to prove his worth between now and the end of the season.
“A lot of things have been said, but I stay strong in my head,” he told SFR Sport. “I continue working, doing the things I have always done. I have faith in myself, in my qualities, and I know I’ll stay in this team.”
That decision will ultimately be up to Pochettino and based on what the Argentine tactician has had to say so far this year, it doesn’t look particularly positive for Sissoko.
Nevertheless, on a positive note, at least he has addressed his shortcomings and he’ll hope to improve in the months ahead and help Spurs with their pursuit of a top four finish in the Premier League this season.