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Pochettino`s £30m blind spot?

Pochettino`s £30m blind spot?


Pochettino`s £30m blind spot?

When Pochettino came out claiming that Moussa Sissoko was a key player within the Tottenham squad, I am sure I wasn`t the only supporter who shook their head in disbelief. The Frenchman is hopeless at best and arguably the worst £30m the club has ever spent.

The reasons the manager gave for his importance - our only link between defence and attack - certainly doesn`t ring true and there is no coincidence that we have put in our best performances this season without him in the team. Thankfully he was nowhere to be seen against United and Liverpool and ultimately, we looked to be back to our fluent best.

Sunday`s performance was of great significance as it is the first time we have dominated against one of our main rivals away from home in a long time. 70% possession is unheard of at Anfield and that had much to do with the balance we now have in the team when we setup with Alli, Eriksen and Son behind Harry Kane - with Davies and Trippier providing the necessary width to support. It provides the ideal shape in the way we choose to play and I still find it hard to believe that it has taken the manager so long into the season to realise this.

Sissoko`s real problem is that he slows the game down; appears technically poor and continually fails to add anything to our midfield. I appreciate I am not a trained football coach, but if someone can please enlighten me as to what he brings to the table then I am all ears? He is clearly Pochettino`s blind spot and hopefully the team`s recent performances in the past 7 days will ensure that Moussa is continued to be overlooked going forward. We don`t need passengers in this team and we have been carrying him for far too long.

Thoughts VS readers?



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Writer:White Hart
Date:Tuesday February 6 2018
Time: 2:24PM

Comments

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Off the top of my head I'd just like to point out that when we beat Real at Wembley, it was Sissoko that replaced Toby when he was injured. It was 0-0 at the time and we won it 3-1... Sissoko has played in more matches than most as a starter and as a sub. We haven't done any worse with him in the team and there was none better than beating Real... That's all.
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 14:33:00
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Sissoko has mostly played because we have needed him to. It's that simple.
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 14:34:00
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...Sorry, but just for fairness and good measure this is a quote of what Poch actually said and not what has been written (as the authors version) in the article

'We have to give credit to Moussa,' Pochettino said. 'He is giving the team such balance that no one player can give.

'He gives a balance in transitions between defence and attack. Right now he is the only player that can give that. That is his biggest quality. The team needs that balance nowadays.

'For me he is one of the most important players of the season. At times the first impressions sticks and conditions what happens later.'

Personally, I agree with him...

He may not be the best or most sensational and gifted player in our squad but can anyone please tell me when he has been personally responsible for any of our poorer performances or any of our losses? And, when has he not given his all, from back to front and back again?

Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 14:47:00
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Over to the rest of you.... DUCK!
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 14:48:00
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Thought the deal was 6 mil over 5 years
123spurs
06/02/2018 14:58:00
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Im not sure what attacking or defensive qualities Sissoko has. His interception, tackling, heading, assists, key pass and goal stats per game, are all poor - mediocre. He runs fast, works hard and has a lot of stamina. Those are the only positives I see in him. Not good enough for someone on his wage. When we do try to sell him, I doubt any top clubs will be interested.
Guyver
06/02/2018 15:29:00
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Yea I agree and think it's when he gets forward he is lacking but does seem like the first impression has stuck. Think it be better in middle of the field. He has done much better it's just because of the first impression, every and any little mistake goes punished by the fans.
MrYIDuk
06/02/2018 15:35:00
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Maybe there should be a thumbs down option. As I can't believe my posts have got so many thumbs up already when I was expecting nothing but a slating on Moussa's behalf.
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 15:54:00
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I do not subscribe to the opinion that Pochettino has a false blind spot over Sissoko. Only making the best of a bad job, so while Sissoko is a Spurs player then we should use him even if it means talking him up to boost his confidence. But who in our transfer "committee" voted to buy him at that price? Never mind Jack Roles might soon be an option to use, a similar all action player but can score goals.
camper
06/02/2018 16:00:00
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I wouldn't mind Sissoko with me in a pub if someone came at me with intentions to whack me in the head with a bottle. But on the pitch? I've seen worse, and won't name them. Never been greatly impressed, but okay.....
David O'Brien
06/02/2018 16:51:00
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He is useful as a big lump ploughing through the middle,perfect for Newport ,as they will dish it out & we should protect Eriksen & give him a rest.I shall be at Wembley on Saturday & I want to see our best players intact & full of energy.Arsenal have suddenly become more dangerous & we shall have to be at our best.
Greavesaboveall
06/02/2018 16:56:00
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Before reading any other posts I will offer the following thoughts. My observations about Sissoko is that he has a very good football mind, he reads the game well and knows where he should be and where the ball needs to be. However technically he just doesn’t have the talent to execute on a consistent basis what his brain is telling him needs to be done. He therefore does not control the ball well and often loses it to the opposition. I think we all have to remember that we have been without Dembele and Lamela and Wanyama for a considerable amount of time and Sissoko was needed during that time. Even Winks has been hurt and unavailable. Additionally a Manager must never say negative things about his players in the public and I would go as far as to say that if he wants to build team spirit and camaraderie he better defend his players in public. Take a look at how Chelsea and ManU are playing after their respective Manager’s tongue lashings. I am sure that, at the appropriate time Sissoko will be moved on for a tidy sum and will be replaced hopefully with someone like a Richarlison.
jvd
06/02/2018 17:51:00
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Good assessment HT and others.
jvd
06/02/2018 17:55:00
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As is yours, jvd...
Hot Tottingham
06/02/2018 18:39:00
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Strengths...can run, fit, tackles ok, works fairly hard. Weaknesses.....poor control, "can't" shoot, "can't" pass, slows the game down, frustrates the Spurs crowd rather than the opposition.
wentworth
06/02/2018 20:37:00
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I find it unfortunate that after two very good PL performances from Spurs, in matches that many VS posters were nervous about and more than half expecting us to lose... That we now immediately following this up with articles that are basically negative about our team and worse still, individual players. After all, this is what Spurs supporters are frequently complaining about. The perceived negative spin that the media in general is accused of frequently aiming at our club. Well, imo this kind of stuff from our own support, (Sissoko and Dele articles), merely encourages it.

I don't want us to be all happy-clappy and non-critical but this to me is uncalled for and quite unnecessary, when the team is doing rather well. All things considered.

Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 06:49:00
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I've said this before but VS is also 'the media'.
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 06:51:00
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Still, it got me writing among other posters. Which is of course the whole point of Vital. As you were.
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 07:47:00
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The way I look at it, Spurs had the opportunity to buy an attacking midfielder in the summer to compliment Eriksen, Alli and Son knowing that Lamela was going to be out for a while longer. Poch had also had a full season to assess N'Koudou and clearly didn't fancy him. Spurs then put Onomah out on loan and left themselves with 3 attacking midfielders plus "4th or 5th choice" Sissoko who took his opportunities as he was always fit.

Then you look at centre mid. Wanyama went from Aug 20 to Jan 4 without playing for the first team. You could argue that Spurs could have used the end of the transfer window and brought in another centre mid or retained Onomah. They didn't, and left themselves with Dier, Winks, Dembele and Sissoko but knowing that Alli and Eriksen can operate further back. Again "5th, 6th or 7th choice" Sissoko took his chances as Winks got injured and Dembele didn't complete 2 consecutive league games until 2018. Alli played deeper in games like Liverpool but rarely got used there.

It's therefore hard to really knock Sissoko because Spurs were poor in the transfer market and had unfortunate injuries. He gave the best of what he had. Poch's comments also tell us that the full-back area is broken. Last season it was Walker and Rose that got the ball from back to front quickly. The other player that didn't get enough credit for it was Wanyama who often carries the ball forward at pace. We also had Alderweireld pinging those great long passes to guys like Kane, Son or Alli. All these ingredients add up to why Sissoko has been included, but also as to why we shouldn't see much of him from now on. We also have Lucas, if our protective manager finds it in himself to use him and not just wait until August after a full pre-season :-)
muttley
07/02/2018 08:20:00
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I think most people agree. Nobody is saying he's the worst player to ever play in the PL, nor the best. Ideally, most Spurs fans would rather have a better option in the squad than Sissoko, but we don't currently, and it is what it is. Most fans rue the missed opportunity of bringing in someone else instead of Sissoko when we did buy him, but also understand that the club was unwilling or unable to attract a better player at the time. If nothing else, he's helped the team by staying injury-free and available, eating up PL minutes at an average performance level. Going forward, I think we can do better, but will we put up the money?
BelgianSpur
07/02/2018 09:07:00
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Sissoku wasn't a great signing but neither is he as bad as some people make out. It isn't always black or white sometimes its just grey. The key is Poch's comment about "our only link between defence and attack". Its not actually true but really apart from Sissoku we only have two players who provide that - Dembele who has had so many injuries he needs to be managed carefully and Winks who was out injured at the time Poch made his comment. Sissoku has played as much as he has because in that particular position our options are limited. People who talk about signing an attacking midfield player are missing the point. What you are looking for is someone who can attack and defend.
jod
07/02/2018 09:39:00
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Jan Verts. said before christmas, Sissoko "is better when played in the middle of the park" which i agree to. He was played on the wing before, and not so effective, hence all the comments from fans. Poch uses his physical power to get the ball and play in AMF players. He has had a few good assists to Harry and sonny. So as Jan Verts. knows better than any of us, about his fellow players / poch abilities I go along with his opinion.
Block D Spurs
07/02/2018 11:00:00
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Wow good post BS and Jod.....totally agree HT!!
Ossie
07/02/2018 11:02:00
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Whilst this love in for Sissoko is all well and good, I'm hoping his appearances are a rare thing moving forward. There's a place on the bench for him if any of Dier, Wanyama, Dembele or Winks miss a game through suspension or injury. There's also the Newport and hopefully, Rotherham, games where he might allow a first teamer to get a rest. If he's in any other squad then we're probably back to an injury list again or alternatively Poch is being his normal ultra cautious self about giving someone like Lucas a go.
muttley
07/02/2018 12:49:00
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muttley - Sissoko is not a replacement for Dier or Wanyama. They are there to cover the defence. Like Dembele and Winks Sissoko is expected to do his share of tackling but also start the attacks.
jod
07/02/2018 12:55:00
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Jod - some Newcastle fans would argue that a load of Sissoko's best ever performances were as the holding midfielder. With his limited touch and passing, he may have been better off focusing on that position and feeding better players. That way, he could have used his physical attributes. Anyway, that wasn't the point I was making. It was simply saying that we will find combinations of 2 midfielders out of the 5 but he is 5th choice in my opinion. If Wanyama, Dier and Dembele were all missing we'd still have a reasonably strong pairing with Winks and Sissoko, regardless of how tactically Poch set them up. In fact Winks best 2 games of the season was Liverpool home and away in Dortmund with Alli doing the box to box thing and him playing in front of the back line. I just don't want to see Sissoko playing in the channels ahead of Lamela, Son our Moura in more the attacking sense.
muttley
07/02/2018 13:51:00
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It's no love-in for Sissoko, muttley. As far as I can tell it's just a lot of fair and honest opinion telling it as it is and not as we would necessarily like it to be.
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 14:06:00
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Sissoko is usually everywhere back to front and I think Poch has often given him more or less, a free role. So, I believe MP when he praised him. I don't buy it that he was spinning it in anyway. He just wouldn't play the guy, if he wasn't satisfied. Why would he?
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 14:10:00
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I also don't agree that he will simply suddenly vanish from the squad now that others are fit and Moura is around...
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 14:11:00
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muttley - If you play someone out of position as a holding midfield player against weak opposition he'll look great, then when the pressure comes on against strong opposition he'll look terrible. Its happened with Wilshire at Arsenal, its happened to plenty of players over the years. Sissoko isn't a holding midfield player and playing him there would be asking for trouble. Incidentally playing Dier and Wanyama together isn't likely to work that well either, unless you are being battered and its just about holding on. Neither of them has the ability to makes the transitions Poch was talking about.
jod
07/02/2018 14:15:00
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HT - I too think Sissoko will continue to get minutes even as others come back from injury, but only because we don't have anyone else for the tasks MP expects. I would still like to see us try to improve our squad in upcoming transfer windows, and give Sissoko's minutes to someone who is more likely to impact games more than Sissoko. We may not have anyone in the squad who can do Sissoko's job better than him currently, but other squad do and it remains a weakness.
BelgianSpur
07/02/2018 14:31:00
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I agree BS.
Hot Tottingham
07/02/2018 14:41:00
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