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Speaking exclusively to Bwin, former Tottenham striker Louis Saha shared his views on Manchester United’s current situation, Moise Kean’s transfer to Everton, and a number of topics related to his old side, Spurs.
Specifically, the former France international spoke about another Frenchman in Moussa Sissoko and the qualities that he brings to the north London side.
The former Newcastle star, who Spurs signed for £30m, was instrumental in helping his team overturn a 1-0 deficit to record a 3-1 win over Aston Villa, grabbing the assist for one of Harry Kane’s two goals after a lung-busting run.
Saha said: “Sissoko was a machine last season, there is no one in the league that can compete with his physicality. He can bombard forward to support his strikers in a way no one else can. Importantly, he never forgets about the defensive side to his game.
“He is an engine, he can run backwards and forwards all day.”
We all know that the 29-year-old is a fine athlete who can run all day long, and is also a player who would run through brick walls for this Tottenham side given his resurgence in recent seasons.
Saha mentions that Sissoko can ‘bombard forward to support his strikers’ but also ‘never forgets about the defensive side’, two traits that suggest he could be a decent last resort for Pochettino if he is in need of a right-back over the course of the season – those two features are now key aspects of a modern full-back’s game.
After Kieran Trippier departed for Atletico Madrid, Pochettino has been left with Serge Aurier, a player who reportedly wants to leave, and Juan Foyth, a centre-back who looked set to be shoehorned in at right-back this season before getting injured in pre-season.
22-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters is the only other option and is the man who Pochettino entrusted to start against Villa, where he fared quite well on the right of defence.
If it gets to a point where the Spurs boss has no other options over the course of the campaign however, either because of injuries or more departures, Sissoko’s traits, pinpointed by Saha, could make him a reliable option to slot in and cover the role for a few games.