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Tottenham Hotspur: Jermaine Jenas singles out Moussa Sissoko for praise after Brighton defeat

Tottenham Hotspur: Jermaine Jenas singles out Moussa Sissoko for praise after Brighton defeat

Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas has talked up the performance of Moussa Sissoko following Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday lunchtime.

An error from Hugo Lloris gifted the Seagulls their opener early on, before a double from Aaron Connolly condemned Mauricio Pochettino’s side to a third Premier League defeat of the season.

The defeat means Spurs remain without a victory away from home in the league since January – though while the team fell short once again on the south coast, Sissoko’s showing was highlighted by Jenas, who appeared as a pundit for BT Sport.

He said (via HITC): “[Moussa] Sissoko, who by the way was one of Spurs’ best players today, he’s the one who actually tried out there.”

Tottenham’s form of late – which has seen the team lose three of their last five (and drawing in the penalty shootout defeat to Colchester United) – suggests that former Spur Jenas may have been clutching at straws when singling out the Frenchman for praise in a team that have conceded 10 goals in their last two games.

However, looking at the statistics and ratings from the match, there is a very good case for the 30-year-old being one of few – if any – shining lights for Spurs on another miserable afternoon away from home.

According to WhoScored, Sissoko’s match rating was only marginally topped by teammates Toby Alderweireld and Son Heung-min out of the starting lineup, while it should also be considered that the midfielder standing in at right-back arguably demonstrates the job he did in relation to his teammates in their preferred positions.

His passing was a particular highlight, with his success rate of 87.5% the second-highest among the Spurs starters, including three accurate long passes – accumulating the highest ratio in that regard compared to those in the Spurs squad who attempted more than one throughout the game.

Though as previously mentioned, that is likely to be of little relevance as far as the big picture is concerned, with Spurs in the midst of a sharp downturn in results, having won just three times since the season’s kick-off.

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Spurs fans, did you rate Sissoko’s performance on Saturday? Did anyone do themselves justice? Let us know in the comments below!

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