Darren Bent has said that Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko failed to “serve much of a purpose” during his side’s 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England striker says that the French international brings plenty of energy and hard work to the side but is lacking the necessary quality to make a difference against a team like Pep Guardiola’s men.
Goals from Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura secured a point for the Lilywhites, who struggled to grab a foothold against the reigning Premier League champions.
Bent blasted the performance of Sissoko, insisting he did not bring a lot to the table in terms of actual footballing ability.
Bent told Football Insider: “It’s a tough one because Moussa Sissoko, he does a lot of good stuff – he runs around, puts the tackles in, he’s got that energy but sometimes you just need that little bit more.
“You need more than just someone to run around and shut people down, maybe that creativity on the ball. It was tough for him and when you’re playing against someone like Manchester City, who keep possession and pass it around, he’s not really serving much of a purpose.
“That’s one area that Tottenham need to address, it was one of his quieter days.”
Sissoko has established himself as a favourite of Mauricio Pochettino after a tough first season in north London, with appearances in both of the club’s Premier League fixtures this season.
The 2018/19 campaign saw him feature 44 times across both the English top-flight and the cup competitions, with just four assists and not a single goal to add to his career tally.
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