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The curious case of Moussa Sissoko, a midfielder you do not want near either goal but is now integral to Tottenham



THis is a strange period in Tottenham's history. The best spurs on the recent memory keep on the permanent home, while the remaining tantalisingly outside the elite, and the biggest trophies continue to elude them.

They have some phenomenal players, but they also have some very average players, many of whom will get nowhere near the near of their rivals.

Mauricio Pochettino is a master of getting the most of his squad. He made Kieran Trippier into a full-back capable of going to a World Cup semi-final and has elevated plenty of far above what many considered them capable.

Moussa Sissoko is a prime example. At £ 30m on the deadline day in the summer of 2016, he was an oddly mindless signing. That was still a lot of money back then Daniel Levy to splash out a player who had it clear, had no obvious role in the squad.

It took more than a year for Sissoko to prove any way useful, and it is only this season that Spurs fans are starting to appreciate him. Even now, that appreciation still comes with a serious caveat: expectations of him are very low.


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