Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to Ajax on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final but fans spent the aftermath of the game waxing lyrical about Moussa Sissoko.
The former Newcastle United midfielder, signed for £30million on deadline day of the 2016 summer transfer window, has enjoyed a renaissance under Mauricio Pochettino this season.
He has been integral to the club’s hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League and of completing perhaps the unlikeliest Champions League triumph in recent memory.
He was initially deemed unfit to start the game and was named on the bench for the clash with the Dutch giants.
But the France international was introduced with the score at 1-0 – Donny van de Beek scored the only goal of the game – after Jan Vertonghen sustained a nasty looking head injury.
And Sissoko’s introduction completely altered the flow of the game, with Spurs suddenly more assertive while in possession.
His cameo did not go unnoticed, either, with loads of fans taking to Twitter to praise the impact he had on proceedings.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
Sissoko changed the game. Fair play big man.
— tehTrunk (@tehTrunk) April 30, 2019
Game changed when sissoko came in. What a player
— Bea (@BFedje) April 30, 2019
Sissoko has kept us in the tie. Game changed when he came on. Blokes so important for us. Anything can happen next week just hope we defend properly
— Dazza (@DazJudge1) April 30, 2019
This guy truly has won me over.
Safe to say if you revisited most of our fans tweets from 12 months ago it was poisonous, including mine no doubt.
Our player of the season by miles for me, to go from zero to hero shows he has the tenacity to dare and do.
Huge respect Sissoko pic.twitter.com/iJpIGKNsgw
— Daniel Rogers (@danrogers77) April 30, 2019
Sissoko was immense yet again. What a player he is
— Andy C (@all_spurs) April 30, 2019
— Zidan (@Phenomenalzidan) April 30, 2019
Sissoko and Rose were excellent tonight. Lucas ran his socks off. The rest weren’t so great.
— Darren Richards (@DarrenR28) April 30, 2019
Spurs will like their chances with Son back, but Sissoko is just as crucial. Fantastic performances against Real Madrid, City, and now Ajax. What a player.
— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) April 30, 2019