Tottenham Hotspur must look to move Moussa Sissoko on in the summer.
The 31-year-old veteran signed a two-year contract extension in 2019, meaning he’s tied down to the north London outfit until 2023 but this season has been far from encouraging.
Sissoko is showing serious signs of regression and there may not be another time to cash in on his signature than at the end of the current campaign, given his age.
Both Victor Wanyama and the popular Mousa Dembele were sold by Daniel Levy when the time was right, so he ought to replicate that with the Frenchman.
At one stage, he was dubbed a club-record flop and his poor form back in 2018 saw him miss out on France’s World Cup success. He soon turned that around to become an unsung hero on their way to the Champions League final.
Didier Deschamps recently called him up for the current international break, which suggests he’s in line to feature at this summer’s European Championships, but this only bolsters the claim that he should be sold. His value will only rise somewhat if he plays and performs well.
“He gives, he gives, he is greatly appreciated by his teammates and feared by his opponents,” claimed the France boss to L’Equipe (via Sport Witness).
Sissoko has been restricted to 22 appearances in the Premier League this campaign, with only three starts coming since the turn of the year, as per Transfermarkt.
This suggests that Jose Mourinho has seen something as the season’s gone on that suggests he can no longer be a regular first-choice option in the engine room, and the numbers would back this up substantially.
Currently, his 6.50 rating by WhoScored ranks him amongst the worst performers this term. No other Spurs player that has started ten or more league games has averaged worse.
This is a major decrease from his respectable 6.73 returns last season.
Similarly, his ability on the ball has tailed off, too. After managing his best for Spurs of 1.4 dribbles per league game last season, he’s now managing nearly half that, with only 0.8 successful attempts per outing, via WhoScored.
The long-serving midfielder has also contributed towards at least three goals in each of his last two seasons before this one. He is yet to score or assist this term.
He’s even among the highest earners at the club, taking home a reported £90k-per-week – more than the likes of Eric Dier (£85k-per-week), Sergio Reguilon (£80k-per-week) and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£65k-per-week), who are all first names on the teamsheet, unlike Sissoko.
You could argue that the £11.7m-rated passenger is holding them back, especially given their mooted interest in RB Leipzig skipper Marcel Sabitzer. Not only could Sissoko’s wages and exit fee go towards signing him, but his place in the squad could too.
There’s also the recent emergence of Oliver Skipp, who looks a shoo-in to feature in Mourinho’s first-team next year.
It’s time for Levy to move the underperforming Sissoko on, he’s well overstayed his welcome at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.