Despite having to undergo knee surgery at the start of the calendar year, Moussa Sissoko proved himself to be one of the first names on the team-sheet under both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho at Tottenham last season.
When fit, he played in every single game for the north London side barring the Carabao Cup defeat to Colchester United, eventually racking up a total of 35 appearances across all competitions.
But with the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, Sissoko’s starting place is under threat, and after being given the opportunity to play from the off against Birmingham City in pre-season on Saturday, he didn’t seem to take his chance.
After seeing his performance, Spurs fans took to Twitter to criticise the midfielder for his display.
— Tony Rodrigues (@TonyJamie70) August 29, 2020
Other than work rate, what does Sissoko offer? Can’t pass, shoot or tackle…Good pro but Jesus he’s useless
— Sean (@SeanBCN1) August 29, 2020
A couple of Spurs supporters suggested Sissoko isn’t good enough to be playing for the club, and that he should be sold, with one fan even saying that he should have gone a long time ago.
Should’ve sold him ages ago
— N A T H (@Nath_THFC) August 29, 2020
Waste of money on wages to play for a couple of hours each https://t.co/mnXs1Y2rrj bin him off and improve the squad.
— To Dier is to do. (@EddieEoshea) August 29, 2020
Another couple of fans even expressed their relief at seeing Sissoko being substituted for Hojbjerg during the game.
— Archie (@Archie_Tashjian) August 29, 2020
— Castle Rock Brit (@CastleRockBrit) August 29, 2020
The versatile Sissoko is the kind of player arguably every team in the Premier League needs. He may not be the most flashy, or one to notch up plenty of goals and assists, but he can be relied upon to play anywhere where the manager needs him.
Last season even saw him fill in at right-back on occasion, and there is a lot of value to keeping him in the squad. He may not be the man to lead Spurs to a top-four finish, but he is the definition of a role player who can offer Jose Mourinho a lot of different uses.