Moussa Sissoko has been a man transformed for Tottenham Hotspur this season, but his fine form may not be enough to convince Mauricio Pochettino to keep him in north London beyond the summer.
According to a report from Italian media outlet Calciomercato, Spurs are keen to offload Sissoko this summer in order to make room for a new signing, and Inter Milan are interested in bringing him to the San Siro.
The report also claims Pochettino’s men are being linked with the likes of Ajax’s Donny van de Beek, PSG’s Adrien Rabiot and Valencia’s Carlos Soler.
The story will certainly arrive as a shock to plenty of Tottenham supporters considering his form this season, but doubts remain over his ability to marshal a trophy-winning midfield.
Although the report claims Spurs want to sell Sissoko in order to bring in a new signing, it remains unclear as to whether they would be looking to use money from his sale to acquire a like-for-like replacement, or to strengthen elsewhere.
But, if the form of Jack Roles is anything to go by, Pochettino may be considering an internal promotion for the 19-year-old to step into the first-team and fill the void left by the potential departure of the Frenchman.
It’s unlikely that the inexperienced talent would be expected to start at the heart of midfield on a regular basis, but the 2019/20 campaign could represent the breakthrough period he has been waiting for if the Argentine manager wields his axe.
The Cypriot midfielder has scored six goals and provided six assists for the U23 side this season, proving that he possesses a level of forward-thinking ingenuity which the senior squad could benefit from.
He is yet to be rewarded for his fine form with an opportunity at senior level, but that could all change if he continues his fine form and a space opens up in the summer.
Roles’ contract is due to expire in June 2019 but he certainly deserves an extension and a chance to prove himself at Spurs if his form this season is anything to go by.