Moussa Sissoko has once again been talking about his move from Newcastle to Tottenham.
It is now 14 months since a £30m deal was agreed, as the midfielder headed to North London.
The French international claims ‘this season is totally different’ after a first year when he made only eight Premier League starts, including a meagre two after the turn of the year.
With injuries hitting the Spurs side, Mauricio Pochettino has given Moussa Sissoko four league starts so far this time, but as other players have become available the midfielder has been dropped back down to the bench in recent weeks. Despite this, he claims ‘everything looks good for me at the moment’ – for £30m I think Tottenham were maybe expecting something more than somebody to come off the bench.
Sissoko says ‘I came to Tottenham because, although I respect Newcastle, for me Tottenham is better than Newcastle‘, which you can’t argue with at the moment, but if you rarely start games then it is all a bit immaterial.
Tottenham are away at Real Madrid tonight and Moussa Sissoko has declared ‘This is what I wanted and I have an opportunity to play in this kind of game’.
Interesting to see if he gets a game and also if anything changes in terms of his contribution this season, with Sissoko admitting ‘I try to make some assists and goals because I’m a midfielder’.
He has been at Tottenham 14 months now and in 45 appearances (all competitions) has contributed only three assists, plus his first ever goal for Spurs – a very lucky strike in the 4-0 win over Huddersfield when coming on as a sub. That makes it two goals in club football in the past two years five months.
Moussa Sissoko talking to Yahoo Sport:
“I came to Tottenham because, although I respect Newcastle, for me Tottenham is better than Newcastle.
“They try to win the title in the league and you have a chance to play in the Champions League.
“That is what I wanted and I have an opportunity to play in this kind of game (Real Madrid v Tottenham), so I need to enjoy it and try to take it game by game and give my best.
“I’m excited, we’re all excited, because we play against the last champions of the Champions League, it is a big team and it’s away.
“We will go there without pressure and try to play the game normally and hopefully come back with some points from the Bernabeu.
“I’m happy with what I’m doing at the moment, last season I came at the end of the transfer window so I didn’t have a pre-season, so it was difficult for me. Sometimes it takes time to feel comfortable in a new team.
“But this season is totally different, so I feel better. Everything looks good for me at the moment, so I will try to carry on with that and improve every game.
“Maybe I’m doing well at the moment but it’s not the end (of the improvement), I try to make some assists and goals because I’m a midfielder and that’s what we need.”