With the likes of Dembele, Winks and Dier all unavailable, Mauricio Pochettino was forced to bring in Moussa Sissoko.
Against Newcastle, it was only the Frenchman’s second PL start in the last four months.
In total Sissoko now has 14 league starts this season, which is at least a few more than the eight last season, but not exactly what Spurs were expecting for their £30m.
In his two seasons at Spurs, Moussa Sissoko has so far come up with only one Premier League goal and three assists.
Reflecting on the win over his former club, the midfielder declared ‘It was a special game for me against Newcastle but a pleasure.’
The Spurs player stating ‘Let’s go to Champions League that’s a great achievement.’.
Though exactly what his contribution has been to that top four finish is open to question.
Certainly Mohamed Diame looked far better player than Moussa Sissoko last night and you certainly wouldn’t be guessing there was a £25m difference in their transfer fees.
After the game though, Mauricio Pochettino was keen to praise both Sissoko and Wanyama, the Kenyan midfielder only making his seventh PL start of the season and looking really poor. The Spurs boss saying how important it is to ‘respect’ all of your squad, presumably because you never know when you might be forced to play them…
“Great victory last night.
“Let’s go to Champions League that’s a great achievement!
“It was a special game for me against Newcastle but a pleasure.
Moussa Sissoko got a few replies to his message on Twitter from both Tottenham and Newcastle fans, I will leave you to guess which replies are from which club’s fans…
‘You played well yesterday and thanks you for you have done for us but it is time to say goodbye .
‘When you sold Modric for 27m an bought Moussa for 30m…’
‘Well played big Mouss, should have got that header goal.’
‘Aye but thats him all over, couldn’t score in a brothel with a wad of cash hangin out his pocket.’
‘Who needs Bale…’
‘Forgot you were playing. Did you touch the ball?’
‘If not for NUFC I very much doubt you’d be in the champions league by now, and doubt you would be in the France team. Loyalty makes a human that bit better human in this world.’
‘Love you Moussa.’
‘Great energy last night Moussa- that effort is very much appreciated thanks.’
‘Haters gonna hate, it’s a team game and I for one am thankful for your efforts Moussa.’
‘Played well Moussa!’
‘Amongst the top 5 worst players ever to wear a spurs shit. Bad at everything.’
‘£30 Million. Just a s… Mo Diame!!!!’
‘Couldn’t lace Diame’s boots u f…ing fraud.’
“I am so proud about all the players but today for me, one of the best was Moussa Sissoko.
“I want to say thank you for how professional he was all season.
“Not too many people recognise him but I think he was fantastic today.
“Players like Wanyama who haven’t played too much, they were injured and today when you need to win they were there on the pitch giving their best.
“When we talk about the squad and how important it is in the season to respect them and treat them in the right way and today they were present and they played so well and they are part of the success of the team to finish in the top four for the third consecutive time.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Tottenham 1 Newcastle 0
Spurs: Kane 50
Possession was Spurs 63% Newcastle 37%
Total shots were Spurs 11 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Spurs 7 Newcastle 3
Corners were Spurs 6 Newcastle 4
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Murphy 71), Perez, Gayle (Joselu 76)
Darlow, Hayden, Manquillo, Haidara, Merino
Crowd; 54,923 (3,100 Newcastle)
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