By George Brooks
Jamie Redknapp says Spurs star Mossua Sissoko is not in the same league as his teammate Mousa Dembele.
Dembele replaced Sissoko as a substitute in the 62nd minute of the 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“Tottenham had to contend with the loss of Harry Kane through injury against United, and they really missed Mousa Dembele until he came on after an hour,’ Redknapp wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.
“Spurs were crying out for a presence in midfield – someone who would get on the ball and surge with it. Moussa Sissoko is not in the same league as Dembele in that respect.”
Dembele was unable to impose himself on Saturday’s game though, with Anthony Martial scoring a late winner for Jose Mourinho’s side.
The Belgian international has struggled with injury all season, starting just three Premier League games.
His absence has given Sissoko a chance to shine in the first team.
The Frenchman has started regularly for Spurs this season, scoring in the 4-0 victory over Huddersfield and the 3-2 EFL Cup defeat to West Ham last week.
However, Redknapp believes the 28-year-old still has a long way to go in order to reach the heights Dembele has in the past.
Spurs have now lost their last two matches and find themselves eight points behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League table.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino now faces a difficult decision over which midfielder should start Wednesday’s Champions League showdown with Real Madrid at Wembley.
In other Tottenham news, this 24-year-old is a ‘major doubt’ ahead of the European clash.