The stats that show Spurs midfielder’s dominant performance in the NLD

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Tottenham Hotspur went into their match against Arsenal with an injury crisis in the middle of the park.

With Harry Winks and Eric Dier both ruled out of the game, Mauricio Pochettino decided to hand a start to Victor Wanyama who just recently returned after a long spell on the sidelines.

With the Kenyan unsurprisingly not being fit enough to complete ninety minutes, Tottenham actually ended the game with Danny Rose in midfield. However, Moussa Sissoko who has been an almost ever-present in the Tottenham midfield this season put in a typically energetic display.

The Frenchman got up and down the pitch throughout the ninety minutes, helping Spurs win back possession several times and drove forward with the ball.

Sissoko, whose performances this season have seen him completely turn his Spurs career around, didn’t have the best of outings against Burnley and Chelsea. Against Arsenal, however, he once again seemed back to his best as the likes of Xhaka and Guendouzi struggled to contain him.

Here are the 29-year-old’s stats from yesterday’s game:

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  1. Sissoko was outstanding, and if only some of the others had put in that type of effort and positive drive, we might have got over a midfield problem, which resulted in Rose ending the game (ineffectually) in central midfield, and won. Although Dier’s form is up and down, we’ve missed his holding play (Wanyama is not the player of 2 to 3 seasons back) and we definitely miss Alli, perhaps more than we ever did Kane. Winks’ injury shows a lack of serious cover in central midfield (Dembele should have definitely stayed until the summer), with Skipp not being good enough yet. With Eriksen’s damn head gone, we are seriously lacking creativity in the midst all these other problems, and it is clear now that Lamela is never going to be that final third player we all hoped his talent would prove. I think it’s time this summer for Poch to sit down with Levy and show his ruthless streak in ridding us of 4 or 5 squad players who clearly aren’t going to take us to that final level, and to convince Levy to spend on 3 or 4 top players, who even have room for further improvement under Poch.


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