After bringing in the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele this summer, Tottenham now boast of an embarrassment of riches in the central midfield area.
Apart from the two new signings, Tottenham already have the likes of Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, and Oliver Skipp, who can all play centrally.
The competition for places certainly bodes well for the club as centre midfield was one of the team’s weaknesses last season.
While it is anybody’s guess at this point what Pochettino’s first-choice pairing would be in the middle of the park as the season progresses, former Spurs striker Louis Saha has backed Sissoko to retain his place in the side.
Saha, who spent six months at Tottenham in 2012 after moving on a free transfer from Everton insisted that Sissoko’s physicality gives Spurs a different dimension.
Speaking to Football.London, the 41-year-old said, “Sissoko was a machine last season, there is no one in the league that can compete with his physicality.
“He can bombard forward to support his strikers in a way no one else can. Importantly, he never forgets about the defensive side to his game.
“This season, Sissoko will be confident after his performances. He’s first to the tackle, quick to get the ball back and can recover a ball 10 to 15 yards before any other defensive midfielder in the league.
“He is an engine, he can run backwards and forwards all day. He has brought real quality to this Tottenham team.
“Sissoko deserves a lot more credit than he is given but Pochettino also deserves credit – he has given him the freedom to let him gain confidence and play his true game.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Sissoko has won the majority of Spurs fans over with his performances last season and Saha is right in saying that the midfielder’s physical attributes are invaluable for the team. However, as the season progresses, we at Spurs Web expect Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso to become the first choice if Pochettino indeed is going to be using the 4-3-3.
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