Moussa Sissoko reveals how he is helping team-mate to settle at Tottenham

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Moussa Sissoko
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Tottenham Hotspur smashed their club record transfer fee this summer when they paid Lyon £53.8million for the services of Tanguy Ndombele (BBC).

The French midfielder has experienced a frustrating start to life in North London having suffered a number of minor injuries which have affected his ability to rack up a number of consistent appearances.

Ndombele has already suffered issues with his hamstring (transfermarkt) and groin (Spurs official) and missed Saturday’s 5-0 top flight demolition of Burnley.

His vision and ability to play a killer pass into the Spurs forward line has been clear to see when he has played, notably in the victory against Olympiacos at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

His compatriot Moussa Sissoko, who also experienced a slow start after moving to Tottenham has empathised with Ndombele.

Sissoko is fully confident that Ndombele will be a big success at Tottenham but issued a reminder that the midfielder is still only 22 and is adjusting to life in another country.

He has previously described himself as Ndombele’s big brother, such is his desire to help him settle at the Champions League finalists (Sky Sports).

Sissoko told the Evening Standard: “It’s never easy to perform straight away, especially for him because he’s so young,”

“He needs to understand a lot of things. It’s a big change compared to France and he needs time. I’m not going to compare him with myself because I was at Newcastle. But when I came to Tottenham, it was difficult. But I kept trying to give my best, to train well until I could perform. It took a few times for me to perform but in the end I did it. It will be the same for him. We know he has a lot of quality. He already showed it in a few games. He will improve week-by-week and I’m sure he will bring a lot for this club.

“I told him that. I speak with him every day. In the changing room he’s sitting next to me. I’m always with him, and trying to help him. I know it’s important to have someone close to you because his English as well is not good yet, so he needs someone close to him who can help him with everything. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’m not worried. I know he will perform, do well and everyone will talk about him soon.”

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