• Tottenham manager had been prepared to let Sissoko go in the summer
• Spurs manager has been impressed with midfielder this season
Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that Moussa Sissoko is still at Tottenham Hotspur only because of a lack of offers for him over the summer. The France midfielder, who became the club’s record signing the previous summer when he joined from Newcastle United for £30m, had pushed to leave and Tottenham were willing to let him go.
But there were no takers and Pochettino has since been impressed at how Sissoko has shown greater expression in his play and won the trust of his team-mates. The 28-year-old has been the most obvious beneficiary of Mousa Dembélé’s fitness issues and he has started in four of the club’s six Premier League games.