From the moment that Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League, it was clear that Moussa Sissoko was looking for a route out of the club. An impressive performance from the midfielder at Euro 2016 only increased his reputation, but it still took until deadline day for him to leave St. James’ Park and join Tottenham.
Spurs were relatively quiet when it came to transfer business over the summer. Vincent Janssen was the most notable acquisition from AZ Alkmaar, with Victor Wanyama and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou bought in to add squad depth. Given that Sissoko’s move to the club was only completed in the final minutes of the window, it seems unlikely that the Frenchman was a long term target.
There was certainly an element of panic buy in the move. Despite his performances for France over the summer, Sissoko put in consistently below-average performances for Newcastle last season, and the £30 million fee seems hugely over the top. There is no doubting that Sissoko is a very talented footballer, but if he had performed at his best in the Premier League last year, it seems unlikely that Newcastle would have been relegated.
Tottenham already have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal in midfield. With the performances that the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen put in last season, it seems that Spurs probably don’t need Sissoko. There is no obvious gap that the 27-year-old will fill at White Hart Lane, and it’s unlikely that he will be first choice.
Tottenham did find themselves struggling in the closing weeks of last season after suspensions picked up by Alli and Mousa Dembele, but it seems strange that Mauricio Pochettino would wait until the final hours of the transfer window to rectify this. There is a chance that Tottenham reacted to the spending by the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, all of whom have made much better starts to the season.
This may be something that Tottenham eventually regret, especially with the large fee they have parted with to sign Sissoko.