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.”