Improve or risk being dropped – Spurs legend’s stark warning to Moussa Sissoko

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has given a blunt assessment of Moussa Sissoko’s future at the club.

Hoddle, who is arguably the finest midfielder to have played for the North London outfit believes that the Frenchman must continue to improve his game.

Sissoko has been one of Tottenham’s best performers this season having completed a spectacular transformation compared to his first two seasons at the club when he was deemed an expensive flop by many supporters.

In that first campaign in north London, Sissoko made just eight starts in the league for Spurs, scoring no goals. His resurgence is partly due to his move to a more central midfield position following the departure of Mousa Dembele along with injuries to Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama allowed him to move inside and form a impressive partnership with Harry Winks.

The 30-year-old’s box to box energetic displays have found him becoming somewhat of a cult hero among the Spurs faithful this season, but Hoddle would prefer to see him work on some aspects of his game or he could find himself out of Mauricio Pochettino’s starting eleven.

Sissoko’s lack of composure in front of goal is arguably his biggest flaw, he had the perfect opportunity to score a late winner against Liverpool at Anfield which proved to be costly when the Reds were then gifted all three points courtesy of a Hugo Lloris error.

Hoddle told Football.London when he was asked about Sissoko: “How can I put it? He’s improved, of course he has. It’s a tough one.

“He has improved and he’s had a great season for him. I still see a lot of things that he misses out on and doesn’t do and for me as a midfield player there’s a lot of things he needs to improve on to be in that first XI for Tottenham in the coming future.”

Opinion

Hoddle has the right to be critical given the heights he reached during his playing career, if Spurs are to strengthen their midfield in the summer it can only put pressure on Sissoko and hope that the competition for places continues to improve his game.

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