Mauricio Pochettino impressed by Moussa Sissoko’s contribution for Spurs
Sissoko has played in all but one of Tottenham’s Premier League games.
Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko as one of the team’s most important players this season.
Sissoko has come in for criticism from a section of Spurs supporters, despite playing in all but one of his side’s Premier League games this term.
Even when Christian Eriksen missed last weekend’s draw against Southampton through illness, Pochettino picked the Frenchman in a more offensive position and left Erik Lamela on the bench.
Sissoko initially struggled to live up to expectations after leaving Newcastle for £30million in August 2016 but Pochettino says he now offers Tottenham something no other player can.
“He has been one of our most important players,” Pochettino said.
“You have to give the credit to him because he is the only player who gives or provides balance in those transitions – offensive to defensive, defensive to offensive – in the team.
“There is no other player in the team who can provide that. This is the best quality he provides to the team.”
Pochettino also suggested Sissoko was judged too early at Spurs.
“We create myths, me too, I am like you,” Pochettino said.
“Sometimes we all create myths but most of the times we are not clinical or honest in the way we assess things.
“Sometimes you think a way about someone because of first impressions and then they stick forever.”
Here at Spurs. Alderweireld (hamstring), Aurier (calf), Winks (ankle), Lamela (bruised gluteus muscle) doubts. Eriksen, Lloris (ill) recovering. Rose (knee) early stages of training. pic.twitter.com/AFLLtEY1Ke— Tom Allnutt (@tomallnuttPA) January 25, 2018
Tottenham face a tricky trip to Newport on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round as Spurs look to take one step closer to lifting their first major trophy since 2008.
But, to win silverware Pochettino admits his team must find more consistency across all competitions.
“If we are not capable of creating that mentality then we can win games but not win trophies,” Pochettino said.
“We are in that process that one training session is important, one game against Real Madrid or Manchester United. When you play in the FA Cup, it’s important like when you play in the Premier League or Champions League or Carabao Cup.
“That is the most difficult job for us today, that everyone is conscious that when you train or play in every day you give your best, but for that you need to prepare yourself.”