Tottenham kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea following a 2-1 win over Southampton at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side had seen the Blues secure another three points the day before at Stoke, in turn stretching their lead to 13 points, yet first half goals from Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli set them on their way to victory over Claude Puel’s Saints, who did get a goal back through James Ward-Prowse in the second half.
The result, which was Spurs’ tenth successive Premier League win at home, reduced the gap back down to ten points, but with just ten games of the season remaining, it’s going to be a tall order for the North London club to catch Antonio Conte’s men come May.
Nonetheless, they are well set for another top four finish and are in the running to end a nine-year wait for a trophy this term, given that they are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup (incidentally where they will face Chelsea), so it could turn out to be another excellent season for Pochettino and his side.
Despite all this to play for between now and the end of the season, it hasn’t stopped speculation growing about potential incomings and outgoings at White Hart Lane this summer, and one man who has been linked with a move away in the last few days is midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
The French international only moved to Spurs last summer from relegated Newcastle United, but he has had a torrid time in North London, starting just six of their 28 Premier League games this term.
And that is one chief reason why Pochettino must offload the 27-year-old this summer.
Tottenham spent £30 million on Sissoko last summer after he impressed with his country at the European Championships, beating the likes of Everton to his signature, but they probably wish that they needn’t have bothered.
The midfielder has made 26 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season, equating to 1,029 minutes of action, and he has no goals and just two assists to show for it, as well as the club-record £30 million spent on him last summer.
That is simply not good enough from a player who at times looked good for Newcastle in his four-year stay at St James’ Park, and then translated some of that form into the Euro’s last year.
He looks a different player now though.
And what will probably frustrate Spurs fans more is that the third spot in that midfield trio that is often played behind Harry Kane hasn’t been nailed down by anyone this season.
Erik Lamela started the season there but has had injury troubles, while Son Heung-min has had some great moments but hasn’t found the level of consistency that Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have in the same position.
Thus, the opportunity was there for Sissoko to stake a claim and nail down regular first team football at White Hart Lane, but it hasn’t happened, and when Pochettino came out in November and questioned his attitude, that didn’t give his long-term prospects much good at all.
There’s no doubt that Sissoko has ability, we saw it last year in the Euro’s and at times when he was at Newcastle, but he does not have the consistency and attitude to command a spot at one of England’s top clubs.
Spurs are reportedly looking to offload the Frenchman this summer, and it’s a move that needs to be done to benefit both parties.