By Danny Wright
Moussa Sissoko became Tottenham’s record signing last summer when he completed a £30million move from Newcastle but soon found himself on the receiving end of a lot of critcism after a season of poor form.
However Sissoko, 28, has seen his performances improve drastically in the opening fixtures of the new campaign, to the point where he is now featuring in the centre of midfield over the stars of last term.
The Frenchman started over Mousa Dembele in the heart of Mauricio Pochettino’s formation on Saturday when Tottenham overcame Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.
Sissoko signed for Spurs on deadline day last summer and he believes that a full pre-season with the club is now the reason behind his drastic increase in form.
“This season is totally different because I had the pre-season with the team,” he said, as quoted by Yahoo Sport. “Last season I signed at the last minute and didn’t have the pre-season so it was difficult.
“Now I feel good and ready to fight, like everyone, and to try to give my best for the team. I hope I will do well this season and we will all do well in the league, in the Champions League and in the cups.
“When you start you’re always happy. The manager gave me my chance [on Saturday] and I tried to give my best. I think I did well, like all the team, so I’m happy.”
Sissoko has appeared in all four of Spurs’ opening fixtures this season with the London club failing to win in both times he was dropped to the bench against both Chelsea and Burnley.
He made 34 appearances across all competitions but still awaits his first goal in a Tottenham shirt.
However with more chances in the starting line-up and a new lease of confidence, it may only be a matter of time before the attacker begins to recapture his early form from Newcastle.
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