Moussa Sissoko will be “out on his ear” at Tottenham if he does not maintain his current purple patch, according to Noel Whelan.

The BBC pundit and former Leeds United striker has told Football Insider how impressed he has been by the France international’s transformation following his first two wretched seasons at the club.

But Whelan pointed out how Sissoko would have been sold last summer if the club had not gone through the window without buying a single player.

“He’s been an integral player this season and showed why they paid £30million to sign him from Newcastle,” Whelan exclusively told Football Insider. “

“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. If they had bought new players last summer he would have been sold.

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“But he must keep it up. He can’t afford a poor season next year. He will be out on his ear if he doesn’t perform.”

Sissoko has made 34 starts among his 38 appearances and played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Manchester City as well as starting Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Huddersfield before being replaced by Oliver Skipp after 74 minutes.

Mauricio Pochettino’s decision to substitute him when the game was won was a clear hint he will start Wednesday’s quarter-final second leg clash against City.

Sissoko has struck up an impressive central midfield partnership with Harry Winks in recent months, although he was joined by Victor Wanyama in the centre against Huddersfield.

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