By Danny Wright
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Moussa Sissoko “struggled” to offer his best for Tottenham last season.
Sissoko, 28, has been in great form for Spurs in the early phases of this term and has somewhat surprised fans by how his performances have improved after a miserable debut campaign in North London last time out.
After signing from Newcastle on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2016, Sissoko was touted as a major waste of money by fans and pundits for his poor displays in the Tottenham shirt.
However this season, that is no longer the case and he seems like he could be a key player in the senior squad going forward.
Pochettino has now admitted that Sissoko wasn’t at his best last term and has suggested why that may have been the case.
“A lot of player struggle in the first season at different teams,” said Pochettino in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Huddersfield on Saturday, as quoted by Football.London.
“Remember he arrived at the end of the transfer market, the first of September, without pre-season at Newcastle. Then it’s so difficult to get your place, to get fits when the competition is playing and when you are playing and the team is close.
“Yes, he struggled a little bit last season like other players, but this season he has the possibility to compete for one place in the team. He’s doing very well.
“I am so happy with his attitude and his performance have been good.”
Sissoko was used sparingly last term, mainly as a squad player by filling in for injured players or by coming off the bench in the final phases of games.
However now he is starting more regularly and is being used as a more central midfielder in the absences of both Mousa Dembele and Victor Waynama.
The France international – who was called up to international duty on Friday – has played in every single one of Spurs nine games this season in all competitions.
In other Tottenham news, Arsenal icon Martin Keown has said why the manager is not getting the most out of this Spurs ace.