Moussa Sissoko is attempting to make a positive impression at Tottenham, so why not play him in his best position?
Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko waits to come on as a substitute
Tottenham signing Moussa Sissoko is under more scrutiny than ever with his spell at the club so far panned as an expensive flop.
With cup games upcoming against Gent and Fulham, head coach Mauricio Pochettino is likely to rotate based on previous selection decisions, and Sissoko could get a chance to start just his second game in 2017.
What Sissoko needs though, is the straightforward approach of playing him in his best position.
This season Sissoko has been used as a winger by Spurs, and has started only one game in central midfield.
With Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama all competing for the same spots it is understandable he has found it tough, but with the player under pressure, Tottenham owe it to him to at some stage pick him in his preferred role.
Speaking to SkySports last April, Sissoko said: "Everybody knows my best position is centre midfield."
When he helped Newcastle beat Spurs 5-1 on the last day of last season, Sissoko played a central role for the Toon, providing an assist in an impressive display which could have helped earn him a move to White Hart Lane.
Sissoko has had success with France playing in a wider role, but it has not been successful at Tottenham so far.
Pochettino needs to decide whether to persist with an unsuccessful experiment, or mix it up by picking Sissoko centrally.
It may not yield success, but nor is the status quo, and with the chance to experiment in the upcoming games it is a decision the Argentine should toy with.
Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen