Moussa Sissoko secured his ‘dream move’ last summer, joining Tottenham for an astonishing £30m, however it has soon become a nightmare as he looks set to leave the North London club – who are ready to take a big hit on the French flop.
Today, reliable French newspaper, L’Equipe, report that the 27 year-old is frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities, with Tottenham planning talks with the player’s representatives ahead of a potential summer sale.
The club are reportedly willing to let Sissoko leave for £17m – little over half the £30m they paid just 6 months ago, showing they are happy to take a significant loss on the midfielder. The fact that i’m doubting wether he’s even worth £17m tells you just how barmy Spurs were to pay £30m for him last summer – not that we’re complaining, as NUFC will be laughing all the way to the bank!
Having missed out on the latest French national squad, Sissoko is yet to make a league start for Tottenham since the turn of the year, failing to ever nail a place down in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
He has been handed game time in the cup, but across their Champions League & Europa League campaigns he’s started just twice. Considering Sissoko’s big dream was to play European football, it is ironic that he has in fact played more European minutes for Newcastle United than he has for Spurs (thanks to NUFC’s run to the Europa League quarter-final’s in 2013).
Given the way his Spurs career has gone, his first interview after signing for the club August is a priceless read:
“I am in the prime of my career and I want to play for a big team, I have the chance now with Tottenham so I’m looking forward and I hope we will do well in the Premier League and in the Champions League also.
I’ve said a lot of times that I want to play in the Champions League so that’s one of the reasons why I came here – to have the possibility and the chance to play this year.”
So, Newcastle fans, not for the first time, appear to be right about Sissoko. The Geordie faithful will no doubt take great pleasure from the Frenchman’s failings, given that his attitude while at Newcastle suggested he was bigger than the club.
Au revoir, Moussa!