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Moussa Sissoko was Tottenham’s unsung hero in West Ham victory

Moussa Sissoko was Tottenham’s unsung hero in West Ham victory

Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team make it four Premier League victories in a row at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with London rivals West Ham on Saturday off the back of wins over Brighton, Huddersfield Town, and Cardiff City in their preceding three league games, and thus full of confidence ahead of their trip to the London Stadium. And the North Londoners emerged victorious from a tight encounter with Erik Lamela’s effort just before half time sealing a 1-0 win for Spurs, thus moving them up to fourth place in the Premier League table.

As such, there have been many delighted Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been heaping praise on goal-scorer and thus matchwinner Lamela, who has really proven his worth to Pochettino in the early phase of the season.

The Argentine bagged his fifth goal of the campaign in victory on Saturday, and while he has thus earned many plaudits for his exploits at the London Stadium, it was the display of Moussa Sissoko, who provided the assist for the winger’s header, which has gone unnoticed by many.

The France international has hardly enjoyed the best of times at Tottenham since his move from Newcastle United back in 2016, with just 87 appearances to his name, yet he was given the nod for the second successive time in the Premier League by Pochettino on Saturday, and he certainly repaid his manager’s faith with a mightily impressive display.

Not only was it his excellent delivery from the right which enabled Lamela to guide his header past Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, but Sissoko produced a brilliant all-round display in having 75 touches of the ball, only two players had more, while his 94% pass success rate underlined that he was efficient with the ball and sought to get Spurs moving up the field.

In fact, none of the Tottenham starters recorded a higher pass success rate than the 29-year-old, while no one successfully completed more dribbles than the Frenchman as well with four over the course of the 90 minutes, the same tally as matchwinner Lamela – clearly, Sissoko’s renewed confidence prompted a much-improved display.

Ultimately, the France international has endured a tough time since his move to Spurs two years ago, and good performances have been few and far between – yet Saturday’s was up there as one of his best in a Tottenham shirt.

And while in-form Lamela deserves plaudits for grabbing what turned out to be the winner, it was Sissoko’s pinpoint delivery from which he netted, while the Frenchman also carried a huge threat throughout his 89 minutes on the pitch to suggest that the £16.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) was their unsung hero at the London Stadium.

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