He has been a symbol of mockery and frustration ever since he joined Tottenham in 2016, but Moussa Sissoko has finally come good for Spurs with some much improved displays of late.
It is a sentiment echoed by defender Ben Davies, who has spoken out to praise his team-mate after another strong performance against Chelsea on Saturday which continues to vindicate Mauricio Pochettino’s patience with the Frenchman.
“I thought he was excellent again. He’s really showing the quality he’s got, but we never had any doubts about what he can bring to this team,” Davies told ESPN.
“He got a bit of flak, sometimes perhaps unfairly, and he became a bit of a scapegoat when we didn’t perform at our best. But I thought on Saturday, and this season, he’s been excellent for us so we’re delighted for him.
With injuries giving Sissoko an opportunity in midfield, he is finally beginning to look like the man that the Lilywhites thought they were getting when they paid Newcastle £30 million to sign him two years ago.
His strength and power have now been accompanied by technique and quality on the ball, cutting out the clumsy errors which have plagued his game for some time.
Pochettino will feel that he made the right choice to stick by his man, but he may still have to prove he can play at this level consistently in order to gain the support of fans.