COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko must begin to reach his top form at White Hart Lane or risk becoming a fringe player.
The 27-year-old completed a summer move to Spurs with huge pressure to match the hefty £30million price tag.
His performances for France at the European Championships – he was the standout player in the final defeat to Portugal – suggest he can be a world-class midfielder,
But it has been the £11million signing of defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama who has proved a success so far with the Spurs fans, and Sissoko is under serious threat of losing his place in the starting XI.
Sissoko is expected to return to the team for Saturday’s Premier League game against West Ham following his three-game suspension for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.
Even before that though, the attacking midfielder was struggling – he didn’t score or provide an assist in his first nine appearances for the club.
Pochettino has preferred to use him on the wing and he is hoping he can match his aggressive and dominant performances shown for France.
Sissoko showed glimpses last season of his potential and directly contributed to nine goals in all competitions, but could not help Newcastle avoid relegation to the Championship.
Pochettino does have attacking options Heung-Min Son, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela who are all fighting for a position alongside Sissoko, although Lamela is injured and Alli is a doubt for Saturday’s game.
Sissoko must begin to prove his worth on the pitch to earn his place or he will fall behind a talented bunch of attackers – and it could be tough to come back from that.
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