Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko enjoyed a refreshing 2018/19 campaign.
The Frenchman took advantage of some injury problems to become a regular in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI, and became the team’s new driving force after Mousa Dembele was sold in January.
Having struggled badly since joining the club from Newcastle United for £30 million in 2016 (BBC Sport), fans were delighted by his turnaround, which was validated at the end of the season as he scooped the club’s inaugural Legends’ Player of the Season award.
Unfortunately though it has not been the best of starts in the new season for Sissoko, who put in arguably one of his worst displays against Arsenal on Sunday during the 2-2 draw.
Although he worked hard he was particularly poor in terms of helping out the attack at the Emirates, missing horribly a couple of good chances to score. He also did not offer the best protection for makeshift right-back Davinson Sanchez.
Sissoko is still generally considered something of a cult hero at Spurs, but he will quickly lose that tag if he doesn’t recapture the form of last season.
With the club having signed Tanguy Ndombele, the pressure is on for the 30-year-old to keep his place in the side.
He is a brilliant player on his day, but something of a liability when he isn’t.
When Sissoko was struggling, the calls for him to be sold were loud. It will be important for him to prove that he wasn’t papering over any cracks last term and that he can still be a key figure for Spurs in 2019/20.