Didier Deschamps has once again been talking about Moussa Sissoko.

The former Newcastle player’s selection in the France squad became a running joke for much of the French football public, no matter how badly he played he was always selected.

The French fans gave Moussa Sissoko the title of ‘teacher’s pet’ but his national manager has once again claimed that this is far from the truth.

Instead, in his latest interview, Didier Deschamps states: ‘I would say that Moussa is the prototype of a soldier.’

France qualified for the World Cup finals in Russia this Summer by topping their group and shortly Deschamps will pick his squad for the March friendlies, the last before the end of the season.

There is little doubt Moussa Sissoko will be included, despite a shocking record of only one Premier League goal and three assists for Tottenham since his £30m move almost two years ago.

Amusingly, the French boss even goes so far to say: ‘Moussa Sissoko is very well liked by his team-mates and feared by his opponents.’

Mauricio Pochettino has now selected Sissoko for only two starts in the last nine weeks of Premier League football and not a single one in over a month for Spurs.

Considering some of the excellent players Tottenham have, and that Pochettino has recruited himself amongst them, it is difficult to understand exactly what he was thinking of when agreeing to pay £30m for somebody who even Newcastle fans thought was a liability despite playing in a poor relegation side.

Didier Deschamps speaking to SFR Sport about Moussa Sissoko (As reported by GFFN):

“One just has to look at the Euro final to see what Moussa Sissoko is capable of.

“Aside from that, if you are going to ask him to do what Kylian Mbappe or Kingsley Coman does, he is a completely different player.

“I like Moussa Sissoko, he is not my teacher’s pet, but I would say that Moussa is the prototype of a soldier.

“He has gone from Toulouse to working under Pochettino, even if with the latter it was initially a little difficult.

“He does not complain, whether he plays 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or starts the match…

“Moussa Sissoko is very well liked by his team-mates and feared by his opponents.”



  • Rich Lawson

    ”the prototype of a soldier” ? I think most people on here would see him more as a deserter ?

    • Pete

      Prototype of a FRENCH soldier………

      • Jezza

        Try reading up on the battle of Verdun.

    • Nila Griva

      Then most people are idiots. Do jews know anything about football by the way?

      • relaxed

        “Do jews know anything about football by the way?”
        By the looks of things more than you

        • Nila Griva

          If I know what DD does then I am fine with what I know. What looks good for you might not be good for someone else. I have been a Spurs supporter for 60 years, and frankly speaking there are a few brainless people in this Fanclub. I think that is sad to see. But obviously every club has a fraction of brain dead people in their club.

          • relaxed

            Sieg Heil, mein fuhrer
            A$$HOLE

          • Nila Griva

            I think the AH is right there in your comment. Hard to accept?

      • Rich Lawson

        Is this some sort of oblique Spurs comment,what does it mean ?Sounds racist.

        • Nila Griva

          Jewa are not a race. No it is not racist.

    • relaxed

      More like a conscientious objector

      • Jezza

        He hasn’t got a conscience.

  • Nila Griva

    I fully agree with DD. It is really time that the lousy jews in the Tottenham Fan Club start learning the basics of football AND normal behaviour. Therefore I suggest that the people who wants to complain about SS , Llorente and whosoever it might be, first read these 2 books: “Football for Dummies”. and “How to stop complaining and to develop a positive attitude in life”. Good Luck.

    • Rich Lawson

      Your mentioning Jews and the SS in the same post ? Do you live in South America by any chance ?

      • Nila Griva

        MS not SS. I am not speaking about jews I am speaking about a special fraction of them.

        • Rich Lawson

          You shouldn’t be bringing racial slurs into any part of this site it’s not what football or any part of life should be about.

    • Keeganontherebound

      I think you’re the one who needs to learn the basics of normal behaviour. Disagree with people if you want to but there’s no place here for racism or antisemitism.

    • paul mclaughlan

      Ar5ehole language there.

  • Ray

    “Lousy Jews” amazing. You’ve obviously got a problem mate. Only an ignorant clown would make such a comment. With a name like Nila Griva, I wonder which part of the World you’re from. I suggest you seek psychiatric help. Being a non Jewish Spurs fan which incidentally I’m in the vast majority, I’d love to see you at a Spurs game making those utterings and see if you survive to walk away from the area unscathed and under your own Steam. Sissoko isn’t anywhere near as bad a player as some Spurs fans make him out to be and the stupidity some have towards him stems from his time with the barcodes up in Newcastle who attributed their ineptitude down to him yet he was in relegated that team that beat Spurs handsomely a few years ago. Take my advice fella, seek some help sooner rather than later.

    • Damon Horner

      If you can call us “barcodes” on a Newcastle fan site then take “lousy jews” from one of your own on the chin mate.

      • Ray

        Damon, how do you see the similarity between “lousy Jews” and barcodes? Lousy Jews is an attack on race whereas barcodes is the strip you often see on items for sale in shops which is similar to the black and white stripes of your teams colours. I don’t understand your point.

        • Damon Horner

          I don’t understand why you’re on a Newcastle fanzine calling Newcastle fans barcodes for no reason other than because they’re black and white but here we are.

          It’s not the same. I’m just suggesting less people will be sympathetic to “lousy jews” if you come on here use a term generally used to ridicule the club, that’s all.

          • Ray

            I’m on a Newcastle United website simply because the article is referring to a current Spurs player previously with NU so I read the article. Similarly, Newcastle fans were quickly giving their opinion of the player not only in footballing terms but as a person on a Spurs website when he joined THFC. No objections from me on that front. As for the referral of your clubs colours to that of a barcode on an item for sale, it wasn’t meant as a term of ridicule, more a term of endearment. Perhaps I should have used the term Magpie instead. I have some very good friends up in Gosforth who are diehard NU fans and we often rib each other in jest, yid, barcode. I can live with that and so can they.
            I wouldn’t have written anything on you’re site but felt the need to respond to that clown masquerading as a Spurs fan for using derogatory and uncalled for language. Disrespectful to someone’s faith.

          • mactoon

            to be fair as far as I remember the term barcodes comes from the strip we had years ago where half the strip was thin black and white stripes and the other was wide stripes. Thus the term barcodes was coined.

          • Blackburn1066

            I have a Newcastle United Strip, and I also have a life. you should also try and get one. That is a life.

        • Nickbete

          Black and white?? You racist!!!!

          • paul mclaughlan

            Idiot.

    • Rich Lawson

      How does his posts even get on here when we are barred for saying minor non racist things ? Where are you now MAG ?

      • Ray

        Rich I don’t know how his post got on here but it appears the person obviously has a mental problem. A pretend Spurs fan perhaps?

    • paul mclaughlan

      He’s one of yours (Spurs supporter) mate.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Just seen that…their own forums must have nowt to say….ffs CiTyBLue will be popping up in a minute…

  • gorgeguy

    Despite my skepticism about Sissoko’s abilities, I have to admit he has some value. He’s good at protecting the ball with his long legs and strength, defends fairly well and makes positive runs forward. He was one of the better players against Rochdale and he even linked up decent with those near him.

    Where he struggles is against teams playing deep forcing an intricate passing game. He’s too clunky on the ball slowing down any attack that builds from a bunch of tight passes. It’s for this part of his game that I’m surprised Spurs even bought him.

    • Keeganontherebound

      You forgot to mention his laughable finishing skills. But yeah basically, he’s a good athlete and an average footballer that Spurs massively overpaid for on a back of a decent showing at the Euros.

      • Peaky Magpie

        As Shearer famously said in the final.. “ he must have a twin brother “….

        • Keeganontherebound

          I think he’s got a contract with the same lab that cloned Diamé.

        • paul mclaughlan

          I always said the same about Cisse after his first half season.

          • Blackburn1066

            Cisse was a flash in the pan on par with Joss

          • paul mclaughlan

            Hey fingers crossed Hoss may do a reverse Cisse

    • Jezza

      His skill was never in doubt, it was his attitude that was the problem.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Sissoko is history now……Kane & Dele Ali are cheating fu*king bas*ards…Gods’ to the FA & southern press…let’s see what happens if one of them gets sent off in Russia….

  • ghostrider

    Sissoko is a decent player who could be better than he is with a better mindset.
    Once he got a sniff of other clubs mentioning his name his form dipped for us and he became a fans outcast, kind of thing.

    • paul mclaughlan

      He’s everything that’s wrong with a lot of modern footballers.

      • ghostrider

        I can’t argue with that sentiment.

    • Blackburn1066

      You have to have a mind to have a mindset, (Sissoko a good player,) I don’t think so.

      • ghostrider

        Look mate, let’s evaluate it all in a simplistic manner relating to the game of football.
        Sissoko was picked to play for France.
        Sissoko was sold to Newcastle….not because he was garbage but because he had potential to get better.
        He did get better. Why?
        Because Tottenham paid 30 million for the very same player we paid 3 million or so, for.
        He’s had some great games for us and has had some great games for France and Tottenham, albeit in between a lot of unfocused ones.

        Just because he spat his dummy out and played less than his capable self, for us, doesn’t mean he’s not a good player and nor does disliking him for what he does and how he acts, make him a bad player….because we all know, on his day, he’s a beast of a player.

  • GC

    How on earth does an article about Sissoko descend into antisemitism? He’s a sulky waste of space who will no doubt put in a shift in Russia and con another club to buy him (again)

    • Geordiegiants

      Eh antisemitism? Where did you get that from like. Are you off your tree or what?

      • Dillon Tovak

        I was wondering what I’d missed myself.

    • David Miller

      Probably shouldn’t be using big words if you don’t know what they mean.

  • Mike

    30m daylight robbery ha ha

    • Jezza

      In real terms he left on a free transfer because not one penny of that £30 million was ever reinvested in new players.

      • Peaky Magpie

        So true.

  • Burt Humperdink

    “He does not complain”

    😯

    • Blackburn1066

      would you if you got paid for doing now’t

  • robbersdog

    I don’t particularly like the guy, but I actually think he’s a pretty decent footballer. Neither Pardew nor McClaren could get the best out of him, mainly because they repeatedly played him out of position on the wing. When he plays for Spurs in a more central role, he looks pretty good. Put it like this – he doesn’t look out of place in that team and I can see why he’s in the French squad.

    I can’t blame him for wanting to go to a more ambitious club and increase his wages, and the £30m we got for him was a great deal for us. Let’s move on.

    • Geordiegiants

      Not that good by all accounts!

    • Blackburn1066

      you must be a Sunderland fan, You have to be!

  • mactoon

    Much rather have Diame if he can maintain his recent form

  • Andrew

    A ‘soldier’?

    He’s definitely worthy of a court-martial for the way he deserted his colleagues in 2015-16.

  • FairsCup69

    Chelsea and Spurs. His first and last home games. There wasn’t much in between. Maybe that header vs West Ham?

  • Mag_Ladd

    He’s a poor man’s 2016/17 season version of Diame

  • Peter London

    Deschamps is a shrewd judge of footballers, as is Pochettino. Sissoko must have played in every competition Spurs have competed in this season, very often from the start of games although on at least two occasions when Dele was substituted it was Sissoko who was sent on in his place. His team-mate Mousa Dembele has scored next to no goals for Spurs and won’t be found under ‘assists’ in the stats, but stats indicate only so much and are one-dimensional and that applies as much to Sissoko as it does to Dembele.

  • Ram Kishore

    Come on guys let’s move on.. He played for us.. yes I didn’t like the way he kept seeking a transfer away from us to play champions league football for Arsenal and constant moaning when he sought for a transfer in August 2016..
    But we got 30 million for him..

  • Toon

    You are right, I just can’t believe it