Jermaine Jenas gave Moussa Sissoko some praise for his performance in Tottenham’s humiliating 3-0 defeat away to Brighton in the Premier League.
Spurs were blown away at the Amex Stadium on Saturday, as forwards Neal Maupay and Aaron Connolly (two) got on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Spurs captain Hugo Lloris was taken off in the early stages of the game after severely injuring himself when conceding the third-minute Maupay goal and that knocked the confidence out of the visitors.
All eyes were on Mauricio Pochettino’s side to respond to a 7-2 home defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stages, but the latest result leaves them in even more trouble and the pressure is mounting.
They enter the international break with 11 points from eight league fixtures and look a long way off the team that reached a Champions League final last season.
Ex-Spurs midfielder and now pundit Jenas did defend Sissoko for his display, despite his team being humbled by Brighton.
The 30-year-old was used in an unnatural right-back role and showed plenty of endeavour, but it was clear he’s far more comfortable in the centre of the park.
“Sissoko, who by the way was one of Spurs’ best players today, he’s the one who actually tried out there,” Jenas told BT Sport One (2:45pm, 5 October).
“Look at this when he gets on the ball, players are standing behind players, that is hiding and not wanting the ball.”
Sissoko tried to do a job for his team at the weekend, but the full-back role is not made from him and if anything his physical presence in the midfield was missed.
The Frenchman couldn’t make an impact going forward down the flank and it shouldn’t have to fall on him to play the position, but Serge Aurier was unavailable through suspension.
He certainly wasn’t the worst Spurs performer on the pitch and most of his teammates struggled, but it’s hardly a consolation and every player walking off should be extremely frustrated with the latest efforts.
The decision to let Kieran Trippier in the summer becomes more bizarre every week that passes and Sissoko should be back as a central midfielder in the club’s next match.