'Hope he steps up' - Tottenham fans react as Sissoko starts v Newcastle
By Danny Wright
Tottenham fans have been left divided after Moussa Sissoko was confirmed in the starting line-up to face Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
Spurs confirmed via their official Twitter account prior to kick off that the 27-year-old had been included alongside Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the attacking midfield area behind talismanic striker Harry Kane.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 13, 2017
Heung-min Son would have probably started for Mauricio Pochettino’s side but the South Korea international has not long returned to training after suffering a broken arm earlier in the summer.
Sissoko has been widely criticised for his poor performances in north London even since he signed from Sunday’s opponents Newcastle last year.
This will be the first time that the France international has played against his former club since leaving them following their relegation to the Championship, and fans are wary of what he will be able to do in the meeting.
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Here is a selection of their tweets:
Sissoko ?? Bid 60m for martial asap
— ???? (@TezzaH14) August 13, 2017
Ngl that right hand side of ours does worry me.
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) August 13, 2017
I swear if Sissoko does amazing today the banter will be unreal #COYS
— Matt (@rohlfyboy) August 13, 2017
— Ethan???? (@ereshhhh25) August 13, 2017
Will be great to see Walker-Peters. Not too happy with the Sissoko selection, but Poch must have seen something pre-season. #COYS
— James David Higgins (@jim_hig17) August 13, 2017
— DavSpurs (@DavSpurs61) August 13, 2017
Sissoko to play the game of his life #COYS
— Scott Delaney (@Scott_delaney15) August 13, 2017
Sissoko needs to perform today. The quality is there he just needs a little bit of push & confidence. Hope he steps up. #COYS
— Eric (@EricYid) August 13, 2017
Sissoko was largely used as a bench player last season due to his poor form and the brilliant displays by Son.
The Frenchman made 34 appearances across all competitions, supplying four assists but failing to score a single goal as Tottenham finished as runners-up in the Premier League and crashed out of both the Champions League and Europa League in humiliating fashion.