By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes that Tottenham attacker Moussa Sissoko was lucky to stay on the pitch in Sunday’s victory over Burnley.
The north London side battled to a 2-1 victory over the Lancashire outfit at White Hart Lane with goals from Dele Alli and Danny Rose cancelling out an Ashley Barnes strike.
France international Sissoko assisted Spurs’ winning goal, but many believe that he should not have been on the pitch after leading with his foot on Stephen Ward.
Gallagher believes that the summer signing was fortunate not to see a red card during the encounter, stating that he could have easily seen red without any complaints.
“I think he’s lucky because he takes his boot away, he doesn’t go through violently, but I think he is lucky,” stated Gallagher on Monday afternoon’s Sky Sports News during the ‘Ref Watch’ segment.
“I think that if he’d have got a red card he couldn’t have argued, but I think it’s not nice. If you see it here he just starts pulling his foot away and I think that’ what saves him.”
Sissoko, 27, has already been involved in an incident this season, which required further viewing from officials after he appeared to elbow Harry Arter when Tottenham met Bournemouth.
He received a three-game suspension for violent conduct, but he is unlikely to receive any further action on this occasion given that referee Kevin Friend saw the incident.
The £30million signing will now be keen to prove his high price tag in the coming fixtures after initial disappointment from the Spurs fanbase.
In other Tottenham news, Hugo Lloris has given his verdict on this Spurs summer signing.