Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko was one of the team’s most consistent performers last season and played a crucial role in helping the club retain a top four spot and their journey to the final of the Champions League.
The Frenchman deservedly won the club’s Legends Player of the Season award for his efforts and earned a recall to the French national team following his omission from the squad that lifted the World Cup in Russia last summer.
However, this sort of turnaround looked impossible after Sissoko’s first two seasons at the club, where he found it hard to break into the team and received a lot of criticism from the fans for his performances.
The 29-year-old has now revealed what helped him turn his Spurs career around – confidence.
He explained how he was struggling from a lack of confidence in his first couple of seasons at the club but was able to regain it once he got a run in the side at the start of last season.
Speaking to Spurs’ official website, Sissoko said: “It’s down to confidence. Of course, when I came to the Club, my first two seasons weren’t easy, for different reasons. I didn’t give up. This season, I wanted to do well. I pushed myself very hard.
“I had the chance to play a few games in a row and because we were winning, my confidence was going up and that’s why I’ve had a good season. It’s the most confident I’ve been in my career.
“I can say I was consistent during the season. It’s not easy but I worked so hard for it and I’m happy with what I’ve done.”
The former Newcastle man also talked about how the fans took to him last season and said that it was a great boost to know that the fans appreciated his efforts on the pitch.
He added: “I’m very happy and proud. That means the fans like what I’m doing and like me as a player and a person. They know me well. I’ve always tried to give my best for the team, even when it wasn’t easy, always tried to focus on my job and help everyone.
“I’m doing well now and they are very happy for me. It’s good for a player to feel the confidence of the players, the coaching staff and the fans.”
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The consistency that Moussa displayed over the course of last season certainly shows that he was not just having a purple patch. It will be interesting to see how he fits in midfield with Tanguy Ndombele if Spurs do end up getting the deal over the line because the pace and power that both players possess will surely frighten opposition midfielders.
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