Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko has certainly had it tough since he joined in 2016 from Newcastle United and failed to live up to the £30million (BBC) price tag.
But the 29-year-old has enjoyed a rise this season that has seen him break into the starting XI on a permanent basis and he’s now an integral first-team player.
The Frenchman is the engine room in the centre of the park with his relentless running power and physicality, which has seen him replace injured pair Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama adequately.
Sissoko’s campaign so far was epitomised by his performance on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw away to Barcelona, which earned Spurs qualification to the Champions League group stages.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side sneaked through after Lucas Moura’s late equaliser in the Camp Nou and their adventure in Europe’s elite club competition continues.
Sissoko was arguably Spurs’ best player out in Barcelona and was a complete wrecking ball that covered every blade of grass.
He was mainly a powerhouse in the central midfield area that drove forward on the ball, but also showed his flexibility by dropping into the right-back area to help inexperienced ace Kyle Walker-Peters.
Sissoko is at his brilliant best when he is direct in possession and his confidence is at an all-time high now in a Spurs shirt.
His improvement is tenfold in recent months and his commanding performance at Camp Nou shows he can have a key role in the Spurs squad.