Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff will be the fierce London derby encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United, which promises to be an exciting first gritty capital counterpart encounter at Spurs’ new home.
Both sides have players who have enjoyed a resurgence of sorts this season, with Moussa Sissoko and Robert Snodgrass clearly starting to enjoy life at their respective clubs within the first-team.
However, despite both men potentially missing the meeting at the New White Hart Lane Stadium at the weekend, we have decided to take a closer look at the duo and compare just how well their individual campaigns have gone so far.
Let’s take a look at both of them below…
When Sissoko was signed by Tottenham on Deadline Day of the 2016 summer transfer window from Newcastle United for £30million, plenty of eyebrows would have been raised and would have been kept risen until this season.
The France international appeared to have a habit of performing in the big games for his country at times and struggled to replicate those displays for his club. However, he has started to repay that transfer fee this season with the contributions he has made on the pitch for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Sissoko has been a driving force in the middle of the field and has bossed the central areas with his dominating displays, making his transformation appear all the more remarkable and has since earned recognition and adulation from fans at the club.
His injury will have come as a blow for the club, especially with their Champions League semi-final against Ajax coming up, whilst he would have been more than useful in the middle of the park against the Hammers.
TT Grade: B+
Just like Sissoko at Spurs, Snodgrass’ career at West Ham appeared to be all-but-done at one point last year. The Scotland international was sent out on loan to Aston Villa for the second half of last season after some comments by Karren Brady obviously did not hide her opinion on his transfer.
“Robert Snodgrass wasn’t exactly a triumph,” she wrote in her column for The Sun in December 2017, however, that appears to have motivated him and maybe just might have given him a point to prove that he has benefitted from.
However, it appears changes at the club worked out in his favour. The arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has certainly given him a fresh lease of life at the London Stadium and it would appear that he has made the most of it. The 31-year-old has been a key member of the squad, having played in 34 matches across all competitions so far and netting four goals.
As mentioned, he could be missing for the Tottenham trip though because of suspension, as he faces a charge of ‘abusing an anti-doping official’, although no decision has been made as of yet so he may still feature.
TT Grade: B-
Both men have certainly had something to prove this season with their performances and will have gone a long way into justifying why they are at their respective clubs.
However, when looking at the impact that the two men have had on the football pitch, Sissoko has to win this battle.
The Frenchman has been incredible and does not look anywhere near the same player he was just a year or so ago and has become extremely important for Tottenham moving forward, whilst there are still doubts if Snodgrass has the quality West Ham need to continue their ascent up the Premier League ladder.
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