Mauricio Pochettino did not even include new signing Moussa Sissoko in the 18 man squad who were selected to play at Chelsea on Saturday – and today the Tottenham manager has come out and criticized the former Newcastle midfielder in no uncertain way.
Moussa Sissoko in action for Spurs this season
Newcastle sold Sissoko for a whopping £30M on the last day of the transfer window and we could not quite believe our luck that a club was willing to pay that much for somebody who struggled at Newcastle last year in our relegation season.
He went missing in far too many games and we hardly saw him in an away game – although he was said to be somewhere on the pitch.
This was what Mauricio Pochettino has said about the French International:
“He was at home, he wasn’t here.”
“Football is not about money.” “It is about you being better, and that you show on the training ground that you are better than another team-mate and that you deserve to be involved or not.”
“I need to take the decisions and I believe the players that started and the players on the bench deserved to be involved.”
“There’s nothing else to find in it. It is about football. Different things happen. You sign a player and then you expect something, and you don’t find what you expected.”
“If another deserves to be involved like maybe Josh Onomah or maybe Vincent Janssen they will be involved. Why, because we pay money, do they deserve to play?”
“He needs to work hard and to show in future that he deserves to be on the team.”
What’s happened with Sissoko at Spurs is not a surprise and he’s displaying the same type of form and attitude he had for the three and half years he was on Tyneside.
Moussa is nowhere near as good as he thinks he is – is probably the best way to put it.
In case Spurs fans hadn’t yet worked it out – he’s not a £30M player.