Tottenham Hotspur’s injury troubles received a boost yesterday, with the news that Moussa Sissoko is ahead of schedule in his return from a knee problem.
With Tanguy Ndombele not fancied by Jose Mourinho and Eric Dier moving into defence, the Frenchman’s presence would undoubtedly be a huge relief for Tottenham.
However, could it be that Mourinho has other plans for Sissoko upon his return.
In December, not long before Sissoko picked up his injury, Mourinho made it clear where he thought Sissoko was best off operating.
“But honestly, I don’t think he’s a midfield player in a core position, No 6 or a double 6. I don’t think Moussa is that. But he played in that position last match because sometimes the needs of team are more important than the player.
“But I think best position for Moussa is when the team plays with a positional midfielder and he has freedom to go, or from the right like he did against Bournemouth with Serge [Aurier] coming from the wide side and Moussa more central.”
Sissoko could certainly be a positive introduction to the Tottenham team in the more attacking midfield position.
With Heung-min Son and Steven Bergwijn now set to miss the rest of the season, Tottenham are short on the wings.
Sissoko could also be useful on the right-hand side, where Serge Aurier has continuously been found wanting defensively. Sissoko’s natural physicality and defensive attributes would make him a perfect shield for the inconsistent Ivorian.
Regardless of where he plays, given Tottenham’s current injury crisis, any recovery from injured players will be welcomed with open arms.