Why letting go of Sissoko would be a bad move for Tottenham
For the first time in 26 years of Premier League history, Tottenham Hotspur have set an infamous record for failing to sign even a single player in the summer transfer window. However, they did manage to tie several of their star players to long-term contracts, including Harry Kane, but not getting anyone in has probably left their squad vulnerable to injuries.
One area where Spurs lack depth is the midfield. Victor Wanyama, who has just returned to training from a long-term injury, isn’t ready for Premier League action yet. This leaves Mauricio Pochettino with just 4 senior midfielders, namely Mousa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier and Harry Winks for the 2 midfield berths behind Christian Eriksen.
This is clearly not enough to compete on a weekly basis in such an intense league, let alone the four competitions that Tottenham will be participating in this season.
According to recent reports in the Sun, Fenerbahce have expressed their interest in Sissoko. The Turkish giants want to take the French international on a season-long loan with an option to buy permanently.
For a Spurs fan, it might seem like a good move to offload a fringe player from the squad but in the long run, this might prove to be a disaster, given the current state of null spending by the club.
Spurs paid £30m to get Sissoko from Newcastle on the transfer deadline day of 2016 but the Frenchman has failed to become a regular in the first-team. He started just the 23 games in the League during past two seasons and scored 3 goals.
The 29-year-old might not be the most technically sound player out there, but he is a hard worker who will give his all when on the pitch. In his 23 starts, he has made 31 clearances and successfully completed 29 tackles.
In the first game of this season, when Pochettino had his star men returning late from the World Cup, Sissoko was there to help the team. He partnered Eric Dier in the midfield and made sure that the team returned home with all three points.
September is fast approaching and Spurs will now have both the League Cup and the Champions League to manage along with the Premier League. They would need to rotate players to keep the squad fresh for all these fixtures.
Injuries or suspensions is viable to hurt any team in the world, but for Tottenham, who have such a thin squad, a lack of bodies could very well finish off their season’s ambitions. Loaning out Sissoko at this point in time, especially knowing the fact that they can’t bring anyone as his replacement, would be the worst thing for Spurs to do.