By Matt Farr
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko claims his slow start to life at White Hart Lane is down to the club’s intense style.
The 27-year-old joined from Newcastle for £30 million last summer, but has failed to find consistency and establish himself in Tottenham’s first-team.
He has been heavily criticised for his performances since joining the club, but Sissoko insists he found it hard to adapt to Mauricio Pochettino’s intensity, and needed time to settle.
From 13 appearances in all competitions, Sissoko has not yet hit the back of the net, contributing just one assist.
However, after making his first Premier League start since October in the 3-0 win against Hull, the France international now feels comfortable in his new environment and won praise for his performance.
He told the Mirror: “I found the intensity of the training difficult. The style of how he wants us to play. A lot of things. What we do at the training. It was a lot of change. Every manager has his style of training so now I understand everything.
“He is a physically demanding manager. That was a big change for me, because in my old team it was totally different.
“For me, the manager said what he thinks. I needed to understand his philosophy, but now it is okay. I know what he wants, I know what to do – and that’s what I will do.”
Tottenham are currently fifth in the Premier League, 1o points behind league leaders Chelsea, but they have won just half of their 16 league games this season.
Pochettino’s side have won just four of their last 10 games in the competition, but they returned to winnings ways with a victory over Hull on Wednesday.
Sissoko was given a standing ovation by the Spurs fans for his performance when he was substituted in the 85th minute.
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