Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Moussa Sissoko was always a strange signing for Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is wanted by Turkish outfit Trabzonspor

A lack of transfer activity has slightly marred Tottenham’s preparations for the new Premier League campaign.

However, one of last summer’s mistakes, I mean signings Moussa Sissoko could leave the club this summer according to Sky Sports.

Sky is reporting that Turkish club Trabzonspor have made a loan offer for the Frenchman midfielder. Spurs have reportedly not made a decision on the offer.

However, they would rather sell the midfielder on a permanent basis than loan him out according to Trabzonspor vice-chairman Gencaga Meric.

Meric told Turkish-Futbol: “Sissoko is keen on joining, we have spoken with him and talks went well.

“We have yet to convince Tottenham or their manager. Tottenham want to recoup most of what they invested in Sissoko but we want him on loan.

“We have made our offer and are waiting for a decision.”

Why did Tottenham sign Sissoko?

This has to be up there with the Bermuda triangle when it comes to mysteries. Tottenham decided to pay Newcastle £30million, in instalments for the Frenchman on deadline day last year. It was a club-record fee.

The signing was quite strange, though. Sure Sissoko had a decent Euro 2016 with France. However, by all accounts from Newcastle fans, the Frenchman had failed to impress on the pitch for a long time. They questioned his attitude and it was not just out of bitterness either.

The majority of Newcastle fans seemed to be pleased when Sissoko left the club. That is usually a bad indication for a player. If fans are pleased that a player has left then there is usually something not right with the player.

The other confusion was where was he going to play? He is not as good as attacking midfield pair Deli Alli and Christian Eriksen. Sissoko was never going to get into the starting line-up in front of the pair. Then there is the energetic South Korean international Heung Min-son, who really impressed at times last season.

In central midfield, he faced competition for a starting place from Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, and Eric Dier and later in the campaign highly rated youngster Harry Winks.

Sissoko made just eight Premier League starts last season, which illustrated his struggles for first team football at White Hart Lane.

Time to move for first team football

Sissoko is a decent footballer when he is in the mood. The midfielder impressed in Spurs recent pre-season 2-0 win over Italian giants Juventus. However, he seems unlikely to start for the north London side in this weekend’s Premier League opener against Newcastle.

The midfielder will still be optimistic of making France’s World Cup squad. However, to make Les Bleus squad he will have to be playing regular first-team football this season. From the outside, looking in that looks highly unlikely at the moment.

A move to Turkey would not exactly be great for his profile, but he would at least expect to play the majority of games.

No doubt, other clubs will show an interest in the midfielder. Maybe, former suitors, Everton will re-ignite their interest in the star. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is reportedly looking to bring in a wide midfielder or a winger.

Tottenham will struggle to challenge this season

Tottenham fans must be bitterly disappointed by their clubs lack of transfer activity this summer. The club from north London had the ideal opportunity to strengthen this summer. However, despite already having a good squad, it seems another Spurs title challenge is less likely this season.

The bookmakers seem to be of the same mindset, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side now odds of 10/1 to win the title this season. Those odds make the side from north London fourth favourites to win the league.

Whether Sissoko leaves or stays this summer, he has endured a poor Tottenham career so far. It may be fair to say that Spurs may now be in the same camp as the Toon Army when it comes to their feelings towards the French midfielder.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The 33-year-old has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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