Barcelona cameo should be the end of Moussa Sissoko's Tottenham career

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October 3,...

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino turned to Sissoko when the Premier League giants were behind in Wednesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona

A dejected Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur at full time  during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley Stadium on October...

How much more proof does Mauricio Pochettino need to come to the realisation that Moussa Sissoko simply isn’t good enough for a club of Tottenham’s stature and ambition.

You can probably count the number of impressive performances Sissoko has produced in a Spurs shirt on one hand and Newcastle United will still be laughing about the fact they managed to make £30 million from the bambi-legged Frenchman.

Sissoko did show slight signs of improvement in North London last season, more in terms of his movement off the ball rather than his quality in possession.

 

But it seems even Pochettino has lost a bit of faith since then. Sissoko has played just a few seconds of Premier League football since a dreadful performance on the opening day of the campaign away at former club Newcastle.

So why the former Southampton boss believed Sissoko was the man to turn the game around against Barcelona in midweek is anyone’s guess.

Jordi Alba of Barcelona  and Moussa Sissoko of  Tottenham  battle for the ball  during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona at Wembley...

The France international came on with Spurs 3-2 down at Wembley. By the end of the game, however, he had wastefully swiped a volley over the bar from an excellent position and gave the ball away en route to Barcelona’s fourth of the night, brilliantly converted by Lionel Messi.

Rarely has one player looked so out of his depth against elite opposition. It is time Tottenham gave up on their exasperating number 17.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko (17) during an International Champions Cup match between AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur FC on July 25, 2018 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, CA.

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