For most of us who read this blog, the idea of Moussa Sissoko leaving Tottenham Hotspur when the transfer window opens this summer has been mostly wishcasting. I mean sure, he’s been underwhelming, to put it mildly, this season, but though there have been numerous calls for him to be sold or loaned out by fans, there haven’t been many concrete links suggesting that any kind of a move is imminent.
Until now. Sissoko himself broke the silence in an interview with French media outlet SFL Sport, saying — in a video! in French! — that there’s a chance he could leave north London when the window opens July 1.
I don’t speak French, but thankfully football.london has a translation of his remarks about his future.
“It’s true that I was expecting a lot more minutes this season. Then again, I did arrive in a team that was working really well last year, and again this year with the same XI.
“I tried to make the most of the time I was given. Of course, I’m disappointed, but the manager has choices to make and I have to respect them.
“For me, what’s most important is the team. We had a good year, we finished second. There’s the game against Hull next, the France squad, and then I’ll have time to think, to ask myself the right questions and we’ll see then.”
So, in fairness, it sure sounds like Sissoko isn’t happy with the way things turned out either. And why should he be? He was a club record transfer for Spurs and was expected to make a major impact. Instead, he’s played only 1300 minutes in all competitions, hasn’t scored, and tallied three assists. Not the impact he was hoping for. Since Sissoko’s goal is to do well enough to be able to crack the French national team again, he’s probably going to have to make a move to get more playing time.
I don’t hate Moussa Sissoko. I’m sure he’s a genuinely good person. However, he has not, nor has he ever been, a good fit for Tottenham Hotspur. With his transfer outlay and his (reportedly) high wages, a move to another club is likely the best scenario for all parties involved.
These last two Premier League games are obviously a chance to put him in the shop window. If at the end of the season he’s done enough to spark some interest from another club (possibly in France, or even China), then that would be for the best.