After coming so close to the title in 2015/16, Mauricio Pochettino needed to bring in a couple of players to try and give Tottenham that extra push to end the season on top.
On Deadline Day last year, the Argentine brought in Moussa Sissoko on a club-record deal from relegated Newcastle, but the deal ended up being one of the Premier League’s worst bit of business that summer.
The Frenchman failed to find the net in 33 appearances and only started eight games in the Premier League. Sissoko was quickly labelled as not good enough and an obvious panic-buy that wasn’t going to work out.
He was linked with a move away throughout this summer but is still a part of the Spurs squad, playing the first 58 minutes of the club’s league opener against his old club last weekend.
If he stays with Spurs after the deadline, which unless Pochettino brings someone in seems very likely, Sissoko could become an integral part to the club’s title challenge and erase the failure of his first season.
The 28-year-old has all the talent to thrive at Spurs but seems to be lacking in confidence after two poor seasons with Newcastle and Tottenham. This is a player who has 52 caps for France and has appeared for his country at both the World Cup and European Championships.
When his work rate is high, Sissoko can be one of the best wing players in the league. It seems like he just needs a goal to get his confidence back.
Pochettino still trusts that Sissoko can turn his Spurs career around, otherwise he wouldn’t be starting him, and the Frenchman can’t let that confidence go to waste.
If Sissoko can find his 2013-15 form, he could be like a new signing for Tottenham. He still has a lot of football left in him and a lot to prove with a World Cup next summer.
His obvious talent makes him a key player for Pochettino and Spurs fans will be hoping that the Argentinian’s faith pays off.