The move to Tottenham could have gone a little better for Moussa Sissoko….
L’Equipe recently reported that their information was that the midfielder’s representatives were due to meet Tottenham officials, to discuss the best way for Sissoko to leave in the summer.
A massive disaster for Spurs has seen £30m wasted on a player hardly used, whilst the final straw for Moussa Sissoko was surely Didier Deschamps dropping him from the French squad last month.
A fee of around £15m is being talked about and Crystal Palace were named as one of the clubs allegedly interested in the former Newcastle player.
Tottenham fans have followed up these reports in an amusing way.
A crowdfunding appeal has been set up to help the move along, the Just Giving page (see here) reading:
‘We’re raising £200 for a taxi to drive Moussa Sissoko to Crystal Palace Football Club.’
Newcastle accepted a remarkable £30m offer for Moussa Sissoko on deadline day last summer but Tottenham fans were quickly left wondering about their big summer transfer, wondering if just maybe Newcastle fans had been right about the waster.
For most of his time on Tyneside, the former Toulouse player had irritated Newcastle fans with repeated French interviews where he said he would have to move, so that he could fulfil his own personal ambitions and guarantee his international space, compete for honours and in particular, play regular Champions League football.
The European dream became a nightmare as despite Spurs struggling to qualify from the group stage, they ignored the talents of the former Newcastle player, only giving him one start and he was abysmal, as Tottenham crashed 1-0 at home in a vital game against Bayer Leverkusen.
When it comes to the Premier League it has arguably proved even worse for Moussa Sissoko, with Mauricio Pochettino giving him only six starts, the last of them being four months ago, back in December.
In this calendar year and without a league start, the Sissoko involvement has been as follows:
4 January 2017 Tottenham 2 Chelsea o (4 minutes for Sissoko)
21 January 2017 Manchester City 2 Tottenham 2 (12 minutes)
31 January 2017 Sunderland 0 Tottenham 0 (17 minutes)
4 February 2017 Tottenham 1 Middlesbrough 0 (9 minutes)
11 February 2017 Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0 (13 minutes)
5 March 2017 Tottenham 3 Everton 2 (3 minutes)
2 April 2017 Burnley 0 Tottenham 2 (45 minutes)
Yesterday he got a surprise full half on the pitch, as Harry Winks was stretchered off just before the break.
That almost doubled his time on the pitch since December. As Moussa Sissoko had only had 58 minutes in a number of brief sub appearances since the turn of the year.
Difficult as a Newcastle fan not to take some satisfaction/enjoyment from his plight, Moussa Sissoko having given so little in his time at St James Park and being a major factor in the eventual relegation, scoring only one goal all season.