Tottenham plans for rising star Oliver Skipp spells the beginning of the end of Moussa Sissoko’s career at the club, Football Insider understands.
Harry Winks’ long-term future at Spurs is also up in the air on the back of a campaign in which he has made just six Premier League starts.
Football Insider revealed earlier this month how Tottenham intend to re-integrate Skipp in the side next season after his loan spell at Norwich City ends.
The Londoners have mapped out a role for their academy product in which he gets regular game time and is a key member of their first team.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that Sissoko is set to see his status downgraded as the team evolves.
Under-fire Jose Mourinho has struggled to find the ideal partner for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in central midfield this season.
He is not totally convinced by Winks, Sissoko’s great athleticism does not hide his technical deficiencies and Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso are regarded as more effective in advanced roles.
Sissoko has been a key player for Tottenham after struggling in his first two seasons following his move from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016.
He has made 191 appearances for the club, including 14 league starts among 31 matches in all competitions in the current campaign.
Mourinho has used Sissoko in a variety of positions, including central midfield, wide midfield and even right-back.
But the manager does not regard him as the ideal partner for first-choice Hojbjerg.
There is hope among the Spurs hierarchy that Skipp could be that player.
They have assessed him closely during his spell at Norwich, where he has made a huge impact in their bid for an instant return to the Premier League.