Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham Hotspur from Newcastle United for £30 million in the summer of 2016.
It is fair to say that the midfielder did not impress anyone in the first two years on the north London soil.
Since his move to the capital, Sissoko featured in 84 games for Tottenham in all competitions only scoring once.
However, things have changed this season for the French international, as he has become a key player in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
There is no doubt that the midfielder benefited from Mousa Dembele’s January exit, the knee problems of Victor Wanyama and Eric Dier’s irregular availability, but his recent performences did not disappoint the Tottenham’s boss.
Speaking to Football Insider, Noel Whelan, a BBC pundit and former Leeds United striker said: “This season he has been transformed, just in the nick of time. He had become a bit-part who was going to be sold. Maybe he had a reality check or a scare. Sometimes, you need that as a player.
“His first two years at the club were a waste of time, to the point where he’s very lucky to still be at Tottenham.”
The pundit also pointed out that the only thing that saved Sissoko from being axed was Spurs’ inactivity in the transfer windows.
The 29-year old has made 33 starts among his 37 appearances this season and played the full 90 minutes of Tuesday’s Champions League win over Manchester City.
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