Moussa Sissoko continued where he left off last season against Aston Villa on Saturday as Tottenham started their Premier League campaign with a victory on Saturday evening.
The French international claimed an assist for Harry Kane’s second goal, showing more evidence of his importance to the side despite the signing for his colleague Tanguy Ndombele possibly hindering the amount of minutes he might get this season.
Sissoko started 39 games last term, more than the previous two seasons combined, but it hasn’t always been easy for him since making the move from Newcastle United in the summer of 2016.
His first two campaigns in North London were extremely difficult. Sissoko was often played out of position, but after an injury and then the departure of Mousa Dembele in January, he struck up a wonderful midfield partnership with Harry Winks – and the 29-year-turned out to be one Tottenham’s most consistent performers during the second half of last season.
And after helping his team to that opening-day victory over the Premier League new boys at the weekend, Sissoko took part in a new feature that Spurs are going to be doing on their official website throughout this season.
The midfielder is asked questions from a selection of his teammates, and we have picked out the best, with the first from Heung Min Son.
“How did you improve yourself so much over the last two seasons?,” asked the South Korean.
Sissoko: “It’s because of my work, my mentality, and that’s it. I never give up. Everyone knows and it’s true that when I first came here it wasn’t easy for me, for different reasons. It was a new team for me, a new challenge, different players, different system. The players already here were also doing well, so it was never easy to be in the starting line-up straight away. I took my time, didn’t give up, worked hard every day. I know people expected more. I didn’t panic, I stayed focused with the help of my team-mates and the staff and last season was the best season since I started playing football. It was fantastic. I think I can show – even away from football – that when something is hard, you don’t have to give up. Keep working, keep believing and do what you have to do, and it will turn around.”
Next up was Jan Vertonghen, who asked a question about Sissoko’s lack of goals, having only scored twice in his 125 Tottenham appearances.
Sissoko said: “I’m not surprised with this question. Having said that, it’s true and I should score more goals. Now, maybe I’ve changed my position a bit, a little deeper. I’ve had chances and should do better, but the most important thing is that we play well as a team and win. I think myself and Jan should have a challenge – see who scores the most goals.”