Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko is supposedly keen to find an escape route from White Hart Lane, with Crystal Palace being spoken about as a potential summer suitor for the Frenchman.
Whilst you will find plenty of talking heads across the game who view Sissoko as an extremely talented footballer, it’s fair to say that his relationship with the fans of his former club Newcastle United was always a tad strained. Typecast as both moody and lazy by vast swathes of their support throughout his time on Tyneside, news of the rather exorbitant fee Tottenham forked out for his services was met with genuinely hilarity by many.
Of course, Sissoko could have migrated south and been a huge hit under Pochettino’s tutelage, thus leaving thousands of Geordies with egg smeared across their chops but at the time of writing, they have every right to feel smug over the manner in which the last few months have unfolded. Out of the first-team picture and obviously unhappy, talk of a permanant move away from Spurs is starting to gather real pace, leaving me to question why we would even consider taking the plunge on a player with such a damaged reputation.
Yes, as a man with experience at international level there will always be a few who see the benefits of bringing him into the fold at a cut price but given the depth we already have in the middle of the park, it may prove to be a pointless exercise.
Plenty of supporters are quick to make reference to the “progress” we’ve made as a club in the seven years that have followed administration; I would suggest that my initial reluctance to consider the signing of a bonafide French international midfielder is a perfect illustration of our journey up the footballing food-chain. He may not be perfect but we’ve certainly moved on from the days when Andy Dorman commanded a place in our matchday squad.