As I watched France lift the World Cup crown, a slightly sadistic thought entered my mind. ‘Moussa Sissoko must be absolutely fuming.’
I mean, I’m sure he was happy for his teammates and delighted to see his country win the biggest trophy in world football, but it must’ve been a bitter pill to swallow for a player who holds himself in such high regard (remember when he thought the world owed him Champions League football despite him failing to pull his weight or put three passes together in a black and white shirt?)
Why would he be so disheartened you may ask? Well, this is a man who’s been included in practically all of Deschamps’ previous squads, starred for them during Euro 2016 and got his big move to Spurs as a result, yet, after all that, he’s ended up missing out on a World Cup winners medal.
Prior to France’s World Cup glory there were several shouts for Didier Deschamps to be sacked. A lot of people in and around the French set up weren’t a fan – but one of those people was most definitely Moussa Sissoko.
Despite his stuttering form for Newcastle and struggles since making a big money move to Spurs, the powerful Frenchman was nearly always included in Deschamps squads for international friendlies – with him famously starring in Euro 2016 which ultimately earned him that £30m move to Spurs.
To put Deschamps’ loyalty to Sissoko into context, two years ago N’Golo Kante was an unused substitute as Moussa Sissoko started and finished the Euro 2016 final which France ended up losing to Portugal.
With his international career now a thing of the past in this golden generation of French stars and his first-team opportunities at Spurs about as limited as Jack Colback’s ability to play forward passes, is this another case of ‘the grass isn’t always greener’?