Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has revealed the reason behind his upturn in form at the club this season in an interview with Sky Sports.
Sissoko has been a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad during the current campaign, making 29 appearances in all competitions.
Sissoko’s form has been a major story of Spurs’ title challenge.
Tottenham are currently third in the Premier League table, five points behind both Manchester City and Liverpool.
Sissoko struggled for form last season and was regularly deployed on the right flank.
However, he has played mainly through the centre this term and the France international believes his positional switch has been key to his renaissance.
“I am very happy in that role,” he told Sky Sports. “We train a lot in that position, and was happy with it. I was feeling better and better in games. I got more confidence from the games.
“I feel it is my natural position, even though I was playing out wide for Newcastle. From when I started playing football, my position was as a central midfielder.
“It is where I feel more comfortable. For different reasons managers put me on the side. I feel more confident in the middle, and I know exactly what I have to do. For me it is easier.
“I hope to improve and be a better player, but for now I am happy. I just need to keep working on every training session.”
Spurs have done well to lean into Sissoko’s deficiencies.
He is not a right winger, his explosive runs rarely beat a full-back, but he has the ability to propel his side up the field when deployed the middle.
His ability to carry the ball on the transition has to be a key reason why Pochettino decided to make the positional change, and both parties are reaping the rewards.
Sissoko is now one of the first names on the team-sheet and the Argentine deserves a great deal of credit for turning the former Newcastle United man around.
Spurs have a key run of games coming up, where they face Burnley, Chelsea, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
It is not hyperbole to suggest that the Frenchman’s form will be key to the club getting positive results in those encounters as they look to keep their title challenge going.