French manager Didier Deschamps has always had a liking for Moussa Sissoko, and even when he was not playing well at Newcastle, he was included in the French squad.
The best Moussa played was when Rafa Benitez arrived, and the manager quickly picked him out as a leading player for Newcastle in the relegation battle two years ago.
To be fair to Moussa, he played exceptionally well culminating in a fabulous performance in the last game against Tottenham.
It was partly because of the performance that Pochettino paid out a massive £30M for the French midfielder.
And then, of course, he looked a different player for France in Euro2016, and that was down to the coaching of Rafa Benitez.
Moussa Sissoko – in Spurs’ colors
He was signed by Spurs 19 months ago £30M in the bank for Newcastle) and looked terrible in the first season but has performed better since then.
This is what Didier Deschamps has said about Sissoko to SFR Sport:
“One just has to look at the Euro final to see what Moussa Sissoko is capable of.
“I like Moussa Sissoko, he is not my teacher’s pet, but I would say that Moussa is the prototype of a soldier.
“He has gone from Toulouse to working under Pochettino, even if with the latter it was initially a little difficult.
“He does not complain, whether he plays 2 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes or starts the match…
“Moussa Sissoko is very well liked by his team-mates and feared by his opponents.”
The thing that irritated Newcastle fans was whenever he sent away with the French squad he always talked about joining a bigger club than Newcastle.
We think that is we could have survived relegation two years ago Rafa could have continued to get the best out of the 28-year-old.
But £30M for Moussa two years ago was also a steal for us – as Spurs quickly found out.
And we’ll finish be saying some Newcastle fans were utterly delirious that we got so much for a player who was inconsistent at best for us.