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Moussa Sissoko could thrive as an attacking midfielder at Tottenham Hotspur.
The France international scored his first goal since the 2017/18 season on Saturday as Spurs ran out 3-2 winners against AFC Bournemouth.
The goal came just over a week after Jose Mourinho, the new manager, claimed to BBC Sport via One Football that Sissoko had a different skill-set from the one that was required by his players.
But at the weekend, it seemed like Sissoko thrived in a new role.
Deployed on the right side of an attacking midfield three, with Tanguy Ndombele and Eric Dier in central midfield, the 30-year-old was a constant menace.
Not only did he score, but he also completed four dribbles, laid on one key pass, had three shots on goal and also won five aerial duels, per WhoScored.
A rangy, powerful midfielder, Sissoko is well-known for his bursts from deep but deploying him as a winger adds an element of verticality to the Spurs midfield, allowing them to constantly look for the Frenchman for their out ball.
He can carry it and, seemingly, add a finishing touch too.
His volley was proof that maybe he could be repurposed into a rather different player to the one he was under Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino did this with Sissoko before, simply in reverse.
Signed as a rather ineffective right winger, he was eventually moved into the middle, to great success.
Now, this is not to suggest that he should go out on the wing again, merely that an attacking role could suit him better than a deeper, more defensive-minded one.
Indeed, moving him forward would largely eliminate the problems that can come with his heavy touches; he is unlikely to lose possession in difficult areas and the likes of Ndombele and Dier can simply mop up behind him.
After rushing to his initial assessment, maybe Sissoko can prove Mourinho wrong in the coming weeks and months.
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