Moussa Sissoko has been the “unexpected star” of the season, according to Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp, per the Daily Mail.
Sissoko has enjoyed an exceptional campaign at Tottenham Hotspur, helping the club to the Champions League final and playing a key role in their top-four finish.
He has made 43 appearances in all competitions this term, laying on a total of four assists, and played in both legs of the astonishing European semi-final triumph over Ajax.
His form this season has been in sharp contrast to his displays after he joined the club from Newcastle United, with his first touch seeming to have deserted him and his passing ability all but non-existent.
In 2018-19, however, he has been relentless in central midfield, setting the tempo for Mauricio Pochettino’s team and becoming an invaluable asset, particularly after the January sale of Mousa Dembele.
And Redknapp has praised the Frenchman, writing in the Daily Mail, about the surprise of the season: “Moussa Sissoko’s emergence as Tottenham’s midfield powerhouse.
“I was not alone in thinking that Sissoko would be heading for the exit door last summer. Instead, injuries to Harry Winks and the sale of Mousa Dembele forced Mauricio Pochettino to move Sissoko into the middle.
“It proved a masterstroke — and only underlines just how much Pochettino improves players.”
Sissoko has proved a lot of doubters wrong and so too has Pochettino.
It seemed like he was flogging a dead horse by continuing to include the midfielder in his selections.
But, this season, he has been perhaps the best midfielder outside of the top two in the Premier League; certainly, he has had an untold influence on Spurs’ campaign.
It is remarkable, really, when one thinks about it and Pochettino has earned the right to never be questioned again by his supporters when it comes to his faith in certain players.
After all, ‘doing a Sissoko’ is sure to enter football parlance for those who go from zero to hero, all after his exceptional 2018-19.