Pochettino: These are four reasons why Sissoko has struggled to cope at Tottenham

By Harry Sykes

Mauricio Pochettino has outlined the four main reasons why Moussa Sissoko is struggling to adapt to the demands of playing for Tottenham.

The Spurs manager claimed the combination of Sissoko’s deadline-day arrival at the club, his lack of a pre-season following Euro 2016, a bout of concussion and a three-match ban for violent conduct have contributed to his poor start at White Hart Lane.

The £30million club record signing has yet to score or supply an assist since joining Tottenham on the final day of the summer transfer window from Newcastle.

Sissoko’s form has sparked criticism of Spurs’ transfer policy from fans and pundits as to why so much money was outlaid on a player who had a poor season at the Magpies during their relegation from the top flight.

Pochettino criticised Sissoko for his lack of worth ethic last weekend as he explained why the attacking midfielder was omitted from the matchday squad for last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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“It has been difficult,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Sky Sports website. “He signed on the last day, August 31, he goes to France for international duty, without pre-season, he came back, he got concussion, he was suspended for three games, so it was very difficult for him to adapt and fit into the team.

“After two and a half years, all of our players that come with us always struggle to fit and to cope with our pressure at the start.

“Sure, it’s not easy for them and he’s 27 and with different habits and it’s not easy for him, it’s not easy for anybody.

“I have been happy with his attitude this week. He trained very hard but it is not a big issue for me. All the players need to understand that we are a 24-man squad. I am the boss.”

The France international will hope to be reinstated for Saturday’s Premier League match against Swansea at White Hart Lane.

Spurs take on Bob Bradley’s side hoping to get their season back on track following consecutive defeats against Chelsea and Monaco.

Pochettino’s side are fifth in the league but seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has confessed he is worried about this 24-year-old Spurs ace.