Daniel Levy has taken a “massive gamble” by handing Moussa Sissoko a new four-year deal that ties him to Tottenham until he is 34.
That is the verdict of ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker Noel Whelan in an exclusive interview with Football Insider about the unexpected long-term contract announced by Spurs last Friday.
He has previously been reluctant to authorise anything other than short-term deals to players who have turned 30.
“Usually a player who has turned 30 at Tottenham will get a two-year deal, or a three-year max,” Whelan told Football Insider. “A four-year deal is a massive gamble from Levy.
“He is normally so cautious over contracts and transfers, generally.
“On the one hand, it is fantastic news for the player, but on the other hand it is a big risk. Take nothing away from his performances, he has been transformed in the last year.
“He is a massive player in that that team and Tottenham know they have a real player on their hands. But whether he will be the same at 32, 33 is a different matter.”
Sissoko was a fringe player in his first two seasons at White Hart Lane after being signed from Newcastle United for £30million three years ago.
But he ignited his Spurs career with an outstanding 2018-19 campaign and has maintained that form in what has been a difficult start to the new season.
Sissoko has started all seven of the Tottenham’s Premier League matches as well as the midweek Champions League mauling by Bayern Munich.