Moussa Sissoko has played only one full 90 minutes for Tottenham in the Premier League after his £30m move from Newcastle, that ironically coming when Spurs played and beat Sunderland back in September.
The French international made his first Premier League start in nine weeks on Wednesday, as Spurs beat Hull 3-0.
Things hit rock bottom at the end of November when he was totally left out of the matchday squad for a game at Chelsea.
Mauricio Pochettino explaining at the time:
“Moussa Sissoko was at home, he wasn’t here. Needs to work hard and show that he deserves to be in the team.”
Sissoko now says that he just ‘needed some time to be ready’, though he also admits ‘I don’t know when I will hit top form…’.
When you pay £30m for an established French international who has played in the Premier League for three and a half years, that isn’t maybe the answer the Spurs manager, players and fans want to hear after over four months of next to no return on the investment.
Funnily enough, Newcastle fans are also still wondering when Moussa Sissoko will hit ‘top form’…
£30m…At least Dick Turpin wore a mask!!
“What have I found difficult (at Tottenham)? The intensity of the training.
“A lot of things – what we do at training, it was a lot of change and every manager has his style of training – now I understand everything.
“To come here it was not easy because a lot of things happened; I signed late, I didn’t have any preparation, a new system, a new job, so a lot of change. I needed to work a lot on that.
“It was a big change for me because in my old team it was totally different. I needed to understand his philosophy but now it’s OK. I know what he wants, I know what to do and that is what I will do.
“The manager said what he thinks and for me it was the same – just to come into training and try to give my best. I know what I can do for the team,I know what my level is, I just needed some time to be ready.
“I was told I was not in the squad against Chelsea at the last training session before. We played Saturday, it was on the Friday – so that was his choice. The manager has to make his 18. It’s his choice.
“I don’t know when I will hit top form…I wouldn’t be able to say next game, in one month, two months.
“For me the best thing is to do what I did all the time – stay calm, to work, do what I need to do and then everything will come – simple as that.”