France boss Didier Deschamp has come out with a remarkable description of Moussa Sissoko today, explaining that the ex-NUFC midfielder is the ‘prototype of a soldier’ and a player that is ‘feared by his opponents’.
‘He does not complain’ was another brilliant one from the France gaffer. Us NUFC fans would tend to disagree, with him discussing his desire to leave for a Champions League club more than his plans to get us out of a relegation dog fight a few years ago.
Now, if you’re a Spurs fan reading this then you’ll probably wonder what all the fuss is about. He may have been much improved for Tottenham this season, but for us fans to also see him compared to a ‘solider’ is pretty laughable given the way he disappeared in amongst our unsuccessful relegation in the 2015/16 season.
I could continue to scrutinise the France boss’ latest comments on Sissoko, but first, here’s what he’s had to say in full when speaking about his favourite Frenchman on SFR Sport:
“One just has to look at the Euro final to see what Moussa Sissoko is capable of.
“I like Moussa Sissoko, he is not my teacher’s pet, but I would say that Moussa is the prototype of a soldier.
“He has gone from Toulouse to working under Pochettino, even if with the latter it was initially a little difficult.
“He does not complain, whether he plays 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or starts the match…
“Moussa Sissoko is very well liked by his team-mates and feared by his opponents.”
‘feared by his opponents’? Don’t get me wrong, he could be if he replicated his Euro 2016 form week in week out, but he still stands out like a sore thumbs in Spurs’ otherwise slick footballing side.
He’s a big guy and like a train when he gets into top gear, but I still maintain that he doesn’t use his combined power and pace nearly well enough given his physical capabilities are the one thing that can allow him to stand out as a player.