Moussa Sissoko is “very lucky” to still be at Tottenham after his wretched first two seasons at the club, according to Noel Whelan.

The BBC pundit and former Leeds United striker has told Football Insider how he has been impressed at how the France international has revived his career this campaign.

But Whelan pointed out how Sissoko was saved from the Spurs axe only because the club have not bought any players since January of last year.

“When he moved from Newcastle, I was expecting so much more,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “He has a fantastic physique, energy and covers the ground so quickly. He can swat away opponents like a fly.

“This season he has been transformed, just in the nick of time. He had become a bit-part player who was going to be sold. Maybe he had a reality check or a scare. Sometimes, you need that as a player.

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“His first two years at the club were a waste of time, to the point where he’s very lucky to still be at Tottenham.”

Sissoko has been a mainstay of the Spurs side this season, benefitting from Mousa Dembele’s January exit, the knee problems of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier’s irregular availability.

The 29-year-old, who signed from Newcastle for £30million in the summer of 2016, has made 33 starts among his 37 appearances and played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Manchester City.

In other Tottenham transfer news, the club “have been sniffing around” an in-form number 10 to replace Christian Eriksen.