It’s fair to say pretty much every Tottenham Hotspur player impressed the punters propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern over the course of this season.
Still, the exception to that otherwise widely-accepted notion comes in the shape of a £30m flop. When Spurs splashed big money to bring Moussa Sissoko to north London from Newcastle United, many hoped the Frenchman would be able to replicate the sort of performances that saw him emerge as one of his country’s best players at Euro 2016.
However, the 27-year-old has entirely struggled in a Tottenham top and reports from the Daily Mirror have barely come as a surprise.
They’ve revealed the warning shot fired by France boss Didier Deschamps to his compatriot. Though Sissoko has been included in Les Bleus’ most recent squad, the 1998 World Cup-winning hero has revealed the Spurs star must improve in order to keep his place in the build up to the 2018 World Cup.
“Moussa is the same player. He has had a difficult season with Tottenham”, said the French coach.
“I have picked him again because he is part of the squad.
“For him, and for us, he must not have the same season next year. He has always responded well on the pitch.”