A Champions League finalist, Moussa Sissoko had quite an interesting season last time out.
The 29-year-old put much of his turnaround down to confidence and a continued effort to work hard and it certainly appears to have paid off.
Just last summer The Mirror claimed Spurs were ready to shift him on, however, he has since become one of Mauricio Pochettino’s most important members of the team, as detailed by The London Evening Standard in an article published just prior to their Champions League defeat to Liverpool.
Indeed, those performances do not appear to have gone unnoticed this summer as one club is thought to have become interested in the resurgent France international.
According to a report by Leggo (via Sport Witness), AS Roma are believed to be keen on signing Sissoko this summer as they look to equip Paulo Fonseca with the players he needs to turn things around in Italy.
As mentioned, Sissoko became an extremely important player (he was even handed the inaugural Legends’ Player of the Season award) for Tottenham as the season went on following injuries and the departure of Mousa Dembele.
According to his stats, which were collected by WhoScored, the 29-year-old was involved in a total of 29 Premier League matches and provided Spurs with a solid foundation in the middle of the field as he helped to protect the backline from attacks. Sissoko managed to achieve an average of 1.2 tackles per match and 0.6 interceptions, figures that were just a little worse than Eric Dier (1.3 and 1.1 respectively), but a little better than Harry Winks (0.8 and 0.8 respectively).
Naturally, questions will have risen regarding his place in the side following the arrival of £63million man Tanguy Ndombele as it would be difficult to see the former Olympique de Lyonnais man left out on a regular basis (an average of 1.9 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per game surely make him too difficult to leave out).
Notable pundit Danny Higginbotham wrote in the Sun back in April of Sissoko’s ability to drive ‘forward with real energy’ while also praising his ‘great defensive presence’, so it’s clear to see the former Newcastle United man made quite the impact.
So, considering how much he played last season and to such effect, Sissoko may have a role to play going forward, especially with fellow central-midfielder Victor Wanyama on a list of players Pochettino is ready to offload (Daily Mail).
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