After a couple of decent games against Germany and Portugal in the Euros that won him his move to Tottenham, it was business as usual once again for Moussa Sissoko on Tuesday night.
His first competitive game of football since that Euro 2016 final, saw the former Newcastle midfielder totally ineffectual against mighty Belarus.
France were poor against their World Cup group opponents but none more so than Moussa Sissoko, creating next to nothing despite being given an attacking role in a three man support (played 4-2-3-1) to Olivier Giroud.
The match finished 0-0 and was a major disappointment to the French footballing public, with France currently ranked seventh in the world and Belarus a lowly 70th (to put it into perspective, Panama are 69th and Jamaica 71st).
Moussa Sissoko was hauled off after 69 minutes and replaced by Matuidi, so interesting to see whether the midfielder figures for Spurs at Stoke this weekend.
The performance of Sissoko last night was summed up by GFFN (Get French Football News) in their match ratings, with no player getting less than his 4.5 out of 10, though they make a bit of a dangerous assumption that because France were playing lesser opposition it somehow mitigated his poor display against Belarus.
It’s funny how a couple of decent performances against higher ranked teams leads some people to think Moussa Sissoko is better than he really is, based on very limited evidence.
Moussa Sissoko – 4.5
His energy, so important against other top sides, was wasted here, as a flick for Giroud was his only real attacking contribution. Played on the right side, Dembele from the start or the injured Kingsley Coman will be a better option against lesser sides.