Connect in the back of the net

Tottenham have officially confirmed the signing of Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle United on a five-year deal that has surmounted to an overwhelming £30 million.

Everton looked on fine course to win over the signature of midfielder having tabled a similar bid earlier in the day, but the French international threw the offer under the bus at the eleventh hour, opting to join Mauricio Pochettino at the North London based club.

What prompted Sissoko’s change of heart isn’t clear, however sources close to Goodison Park reveal that the club’s offer had been accepted by Newcastle, but their interest declined after a disagreement on the player’s personal terms: allowing Spurs to pounce on the opening.

Newcastle may have been relegated to the Championship at the close of last season, but the Magpies have reaped massive dividends from the sale of players this summer.

In fact, the sale of Andros Townsend [Crystal Palace], Georgino Wijnaldum [Liverpool] and Moussa Sissoko [Tottenham] has earned the club a prodigious £68 million in returns- not bad for a team in the Championship.

But that inevitably begs the question; will Rafa Benitez attain promotion back to the highest tier of English football on his first season in the Championship without his best players?

Let’s save that for another day…


Early life

Born on 16 August 1989 in Le Blanc-Mesnil, France, Sissoko spent his youth career with Esperance Aulnay and AS Red Star 93, before settling in Toulouse during the tail end of his youth career.

It was at the Ligue 1 side that the midfielder made his senior debut in 2007, serving at the Stadium Municipal for six years- in which he made nearly 200 appearances.

He moved to the North West of England in 2013 where he played for Newcastle United prior to joining Spurs this summer.


End of Pochettino’s worries?

Mauricio Pochettino’s charges have seemingly carried on their bottling form from the end of last season into the new campaign after registering a slow start in the Premier League.

Losing four points from their first three matches drove the Spurs manager to desperation, instantaneously forcing him to break the bank for Sissoko on deadline day.

A considerable majority of Tottenham’s attacking midfielders- as the likes Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela- are immensely gifted but lack the physicality to dictate play and break into the opposing defense.

Having already impressed in the position at this year’s edition of the European Championship, the arrival of Sissoko could just mark the end of Pochettino’s woes.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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