Danny Mills has hailed the transformation of Moussa Sissoko since he was thrust into a central midfield role by Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England international has been blown away by Sissoko’s impact this season following a wretched first two years at Spurs.
The Champions League semi-finalists signed Sissoko in the summer of 2016 for £30million from Newcastle United.
Mills explained how the France international has revived his career following a tactical tweak from his manager.
“I think Sissoko is now playing in his more favoured position, in a more central role in midfield. When he first came in, he was used as a right midfielder – it didn’t really suit him.
“You know, he’s big, strong, powerful, he’s now got that (position) – he’s box to box, up and down, putting in challenges, winning the ball, driving forward, that’s where you want him, that’s what you want him to do.
“Finally he’s been given that opportunity and he’s taken it so I think we’re now starting to see the player that occasionally we saw at Newcastle, maybe not often enough, and you can see now why Tottenham paid all that money for him and he’s now fulfilling that potential.
“I can’t see why he can’t keep that central midfield role. Tottenham have got a lot of injuries in that area, you need strength, you need pace – Eriksen is your free player, if you like. He is your luxury where you go ‘okay, let’s let a couple of people do some of his work so he can just go and
express himself, he can find that space.’
“You understand that as a player, it’s what happens. So yes, I think he can and I think the athleticism that he has, the energy that he has, the ability to break up play and drive forward I think is a huge bonus to Tottenham.”
Sissoko is set to anchor the Tottenham midfield in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.
The hosts have a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in London last Tuesday.