Mauricio Pochettino should take encouragement from Moussa Sissoko's recent Tottenham display

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenha Hotspur  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on May 21, 2017 in...

Moussa Sissoko may never be a first-team regular at Spurs but he could still play an important role if used correctly by Pochettino.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at...

Whisper it, but there may be a few shoots of recovery for Moussa Sissoko’s Tottenham Hotspur career.

The £30 million Frenchman, Spurs’ record signing until they brought in Davinson Sanchez from Ajax this summer (BBC), endured a miserable debut season in North London but things appear to be looking up at last.

Sissoko was much improved in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton, albeit resembling more of a competent footballer than a £30 million superstar. It is a start, however, for a player who has looked disinterested and ill-fitting since swapping Newcastle for the capital a year ago.

Ashley Williams of Everton tackles Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in...

And the fact that Sissoko started that game at Goodison Park in a midfield role more suited to his qualities should not have passed Mauricio Pochettino by.

Sissoko has often been used in an attacking position at Tottenham but his heavy touch and galloping gait hardly suits a Spurs side who thrive on quick interplay and technical quality in small spaces.

And, with Moussa Dembele enduring some difficult moments during the first half as Spurs battled past Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League group-stage on Wednesday, Pochettino should take solace in Sissoko’s brighter recent displays.

Everton's English defender Leighton Baines (R) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko (L) during the English Premier League football match between Everton and...

Sissoko’s energy, pace and directness means he could be a useful component against high class Champions League opposition who prefer to play possession football, allowing Tottenham to hit them hard on counter attacks.

Sissoko’s performance against Everton promised much. And the Frenchman surely cannot afford to deliver yet another false dawn.

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