Opinion: A look back on Moussa Sissoko’s underrated time at Tottenham

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Moussa Sissoko
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Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham Hotspur for a then club-record £30million fee from Newcastle United in 2016 and continued to play his part for the club into the first half of this year, his fifth season at the Club.

The Frenchman has recently headed Hertfordshire, having signed a two-year contract with Premier League newcomers, Watford.

While all of our focus surrounding a transfer window is typically on who has arrived at Tottenham, equally as important is it to look at the players who have headed out of our club. One of those is Sissoko, who during the window had been linked with a move to the Middle East (with The Times reporting).

Sissoko’s time at Spurs had been questionable at times, following a very slow start, but showed determination to become a regular under Mauricio Pochettino, and became for many Spurs fans, a cult favorite.

If we take a look at his new club, Watford, who are back in the top flight, they are definitely a team that needs some upgrades if they want to stay up. And if we know one thing about Moussa, he gets into everything with enthusiasm and determination. He is a Premier League proven footballer, and he suits a club like Watford a lot, where he will be able to get a lot of time on the pitch.

The powerhouse midfielder played regularly during the opening months of 2017/18 and was one of only two players to have appeared in all games in all competitions until that run was broken in the 1-1 home draw with West Bromwich Albion on 25 November, 2017.

He scored his first Spurs goal in our 4-0 victory at Huddersfield in September, 2017. In total, Moussa made 47 appearances in all competitions during that season in a series of different midfield roles.

Moussa had his stand-out season in 2018/19. He was a shining light in the central midfield role, helping us to win matches. He started 27 of our 38 Premier League games and appeared as a substitute in a further two. In all competitions, he made 44 appearances, including eight starts and two substitute appearances in our run to the Champions League Ffinal in Madrid (transfermarkt).

Moussa was also presented with the Spurs Legends’ Player of the year award, an incredible acknowledgment from some of Tottenham’s past greats, for the fantastic season he had.

The French international has racked up 202 appearances for us in all competitions, where he scored five goals and notched 17 assists.

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