Tottenham Hotspur’s Moussa Sissoko was pushed further forward by France in a clash with Turkey.
Sissoko played in a more advanced central midfield role and was tasked with doing more attacking work. But the Frenchman could not inspire his country to victory.
Olivier Giroud’s goal was cancelled out by Kaan Ayhan as France played out a 1-1 draw with Turkey in Paris. With two games remaining in Group H, Turkey and France are joint on 19 points with Turkey enjoying a better head-to-head record.
Sissoko proves versatility
Iceland beat Andorra to keep the pressure on the top two teams. But with a four-point gap over Iceland, both France and Turkey should qualify with relative ease next month.
Sissoko will be hoping to play a part again. The powerful Spurs ace has been used as a holding midfielder or as a right-back this season. But he tried to show that he can play further forward.
The 30-year-old has only scored twice in 135 games for Tottenham. And he failed to find the net for France last night despite having three attempts on target. Here are some Spurs fans discussing his performance and new role.
Would take dropping out of the top 4 if Moussa became a 10+ goals a season CM, an incredible sporting moment
— Drew (@ImaginaryPrsn) October 15, 2019
Nathan said on our podcast wherever Sissoko plays he ends up playing RB and my god maybe he was right pic.twitter.com/TcjELHQgmt
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) October 15, 2019
His [hug the line when playing in a double pivot] per 90 is through the roof.
— Edingson (@Edingson10) October 15, 2019
He didn’t score the winner out of pity.
— Manny (@Mannythfc) October 14, 2019
Moussa Sissoko has had 3 shots on target for France apparently 😳
— J.H (@_JackHoad) October 14, 2019
A Moussa Sissoko shot on target!! pic.twitter.com/E7rwEMx40k
— AndyB (@andyB7879) October 14, 2019