By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Moussa Sissoko will add a new dimension to Tottenham this season with his ability to carry the ball into the final third, according to Glenn Hoddle.
The Spurs legend and former England manager compared the midfielder’s ability to bring the ball forward quickly to that of Ryan Giggs during his Manchester United prime.
Sissoko joined Tottenham from Newcastle on deadline day in the summer for £30million after snubbing Everton to become the most expensive addition to Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.
Hoddle is convinced that the France international will give Pochettino a key weapon with his ball-carrying ability.
The 58-year-old was speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League showdown against Monaco at Wembley on Wednesday night, which is the club’s first match in the competition for five years.
“This was a surprise deal in many ways but the one thing he will give to Tottenham that they didn’t have last year is the power and the pace to take the ball high up the pitch on his own,” Hoddle said in a video for betting firm Unibet ahead of the match.
“He will get in behind the midfield and he’ll attack the full-backs and the defensive four. He’ll get Tottenham up the pitch on his own.
“Then it’s up to the likes of [Dele] Alli, [Christian] Eriksen and [Harry] Kane to get up in support. That’s something they didn’t have.
“Tottenham are a very good passing team and patient, but this fellow Sissoko will be able to get them up dribbling with his power and pace, a little bit like Ryan Giggs used to do with Manchester United.
“Sometimes they used to give him the ball and he used to get in the last third very quickly. Sissoko will do it down the right-hand side at Tottenham at times.”
Sissoko was a 78th-minute substitute for Eriksen in Spurs’ 4-0 Premier League win at Stoke on Saturday.
He will be aiming to be named in the starting XI for the glamour clash against Monaco on Wednesday night.
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