According to Sky Italia, Napoli are eyeing a swoop for Moussa Sissoko. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has emerged as one of the players new coach Luciano Spelletti is keeping an eye on, as he hopes to bolster his options in the middle of the park. Sissoko’s future at Spurs does remain uncertain, so a move away from north London could be on the horizon this summer.
Moussa Sissoko’s Struggles At Tottenham
Since the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, Moussa Sissoko has had difficulties finding his place in the Tottenham side. While injuries did play their part, the midfielder was never really considered as a viable first-team option by Jose Mourinho.
Although Sissoko did make 24 appearances in the league this past season, only fifteen of them were starts. A majority of those came during the first half of the campaign when Giovani Lo Celso was struggling with injuries. The Frenchman, as a result, started in only four matches since the turn of the year.
The addition of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a major role in reducing his importance in the Spurs camp. In a way, the Dane was a complete upgrade over the 31-year-old, who previously used to partner Harry Winks in the middle of the park.
Sissoko might not even have played that much had it not been for strenuous scheduling of the 2020/21 campaign. The former Newcastle United star has featured in over 200 competitive matches for Spurs in five years, but a majority of them have indeed come off the bench.
Why Tottenham Must Cash In On Sissoko
Following a disappointing 2020/21 campaign, Tottenham are in for a summer of change. They have hired Fabio Paratici as head of sport and are poised to sign a new coach to replace Jose Mourinho, who was fired in April.
Either way, it remains unlikely that the new management will want to keep Sissoko for long, despite the midfielder’s participation in UEFA Euro 2020 for France.
With Hojbjerg’s arrival, both he and Winks have become redundant to Spurs’ first-team scene, as the Dane has proved his mettle time and again for the club. It is, therefore, an ideal time for Tottenham to cash in on Sissoko this summer and recoup some of the €35 million they spent in 2016.
The Frenchman’s sale could help the Lilywhites pursue new targets, especially if they can rid of other fringe players like Winks, Dele Alli and Serge Aurier. A move away from north London could make sense for Sissoko as well, as the midfielder hopes for a late revival in his career after five difficult years at the club.
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