Tottenham supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been rejoicing at the news that manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new deal at the North London club, which will keep him there until at least 2023.
The ex-Southampton chief took over at Spurs back in 2014 and has since transformed the club into regular top four contenders, with this term their third in a row in which they have qualified for the Champions League. Yes, the Argentine has been unable to deliver a trophy at the club, but there is much optimism among our resident Tottenham fans that he could be the man to do that in the near future.
Yet there was more good news for those Spurs supporters lining up at the bar earlier in the week, with midfielder Victor Wanyama stating that he has no intentions of leaving the club amid speculation surrounding his future.
And while these comments will likely be well received by Tottenham fans, they could spell seriously bad news for £18 million-rated star Moussa Sissoko (as per Transfermarkt).
Ultimately, things just haven’t worked for the France international since his move to North London back in 2016, with the midfielder commanding a decent 81 appearances for the club, but only 38 of which have been starts.
And that’s no real surprise given that, in those 81 games for Pochettino’s side, the 28-year-old has contributed just two goals and a mere nine assists, just one goal and four assists of which coming in the Premier League – one would expect more from a £30 million signing.
Quite simply, he hasn’t been able to dethrone the likes of Wanyama, Eric Dier, and Mousa Dembele in the middle of the park, and certainly hasn’t been able to lay a glove on the more attacking players, what with Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min enjoying impressive seasons.
Yet speculation linking Wanyama away would likely have opened a door for Sissoko next season in his bid for first team football, what with the 28-year-old appearing just as often in the middle of the park as he has done out wide.
However, Wanyama’s insistence that he’ll still be at Tottenham next season will come as a damaging blow to the Frenchman’s chances of continuing his Spurs career, with it now almost certain that he’ll start the season near the bottom of Pochettino’s pecking order.
Recent reports suggest that Sissoko will indeed be let go this summer if a suitable offer is made, but in terms of possibly keeping his Tottenham career going beyond the close season, Wanyama’s comments that he’ll still be at the club appear to have slammed that door shut.
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