Moussa Sissoko may have finally got his big move last summer, joining Tottenham for a whopping £30m, but his career continues to go downhill – proving yet again that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
The latest development is his exclusion from the French national squad, announced just yesterday. Ironically, ex-NUFC flop, Florian Thauvin, gained his first ever call up, but there was no place for Moussa Sissoko.
There is little doubt that Sissoko’s deadline day move to Tottenham was fuelled by his impressive display’s with France in Euro 2016, without which, who knows where he would have ended up. Newcastle United certainly won’t be complaining however, gaining an outrageous £30m for the 27 year-old on deadline day last summer.
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).
Sissoko’s shortcomings haven’t gone unnoticed by Newcastle United fans, who have taken great amusement by his fall from grace. The Frenchman made a host of disrespectful statements in interviews during his time at St.James’ Park. While the Frenchman’s words carried no malice, he spoke too regularly of this big move away, as if the club owed him something. If his exploits on the pitch justified such talk, Newcastle fans may have held their hands up and accepted such ambitions, but with Sissoko, this was anything but the case.
He regularly went missing in games and showed a startling lack of quality for a player who would go on to cost £30m. While his Euro 2016 performances show he can be an unstoppable force, Tottenham fans will soon catch on (if they haven’t already!) that such performances come once in a blue moon.