Lots of Tottenham Hotspur supporters took to social media during their side’s defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday to slam the efforts of Moussa Sissoko, who Mauricio Pochettino initially fielded at right-back.
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Spurs were without regular right-back options Kyle Walker-Peters and Serge Aurier, as the Tottenham product has not been seen since pulling up with a hamstring injury (Standard) against Newcastle United (TransferMarkt).
Aurier also left the role vacant after being sent off for two bookable offences against Southampton last week, resulting in Pochettino hailing Sissoko as a more adept option than the others capable of occupying the void (Football.London).
Spurs fans were not echoing his sentiment after a difficult first half saw the North Londoners head back to the dressing room two goals behind at the Amex Stadium, at which point Pochettino changed his side’s shape from a 4-4-2 to a 3-4-2-1 with Sissoko moving to a wide midfield role.
While acting as Tottenham’s right-back, Sissoko won possession with one of his four attempted tackles, failed to register any interceptions or clearances, per WhoScored data, and was fortunate to have not conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box when referee Jonathan Moss showed no interest in an apparent shove on Brighton striker Aaron Connolly.
A switch in shape failed to signal a comeback for Tottenham as Brighton edged further clear to go on and record a 3-0 win over last season’s Champions League finalists, with Sissoko’s new position also failing to deliver, despite the 56-cap France international completing the most dribbles of any player with four from six attempts.
The second-half also saw Sissoko play the least passes of Spurs’ midfield or defensive lines while in a wide right role with 20, as well as attempting one further tackle.
Spurs fans soon took to social media to slam the Frenchman’s efforts, with suggestions of the 30-year-old being ‘out of his depth’ and that Pochettino needs to go back to the drawing board in search of a more suitable alternative.
Here are some of the messages shared…
On the ropes here. Not an idea Sissoko at RB is shambolic and Lamela is still taking 400 touches before he passes it
— Brian Kenny (@THFC29) October 5, 2019
VAR actually feels sorry for us
That’s how bad #THFC are going this week. That was a clear shove by Sissoko
— Football Friends (@_FootballFriend) October 5, 2019
Moussa Sissoko is having a shocker
— Joe (@JblincoTHFC) October 5, 2019
Sissoko turned his game around to win over the fans in his midfield role, he has not got a clue about playing full back, it’s terrible. Need to address that at half time.
— Keith H. (@THFCSparky) October 5, 2019
Can we all agree now that Sissoko at right back isn’t the option? #rollonjanuary
— Max (@RossiterTHFC) October 5, 2019
Sissoko is so out of his depth here it’s unbelievable. No idea where his man is or where he should be positionally when defending
— THFC Fans (@THFC__Fans) October 5, 2019
Sissoko back to his past form when we questioned what he was doing in our team!!
— GaB (@THFC_GaB) October 5, 2019
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Would have rather played Dier as a right back then Sissoko moved out position too many changes especially to arguably our most in form player atm, Davies is poor so many things wrong…Can’t see levy allowing Poch to sort this problem #THFC
— Ricky-lee (@rickylee_10) October 5, 2019
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