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Mauricio Pochettino Panic buy of Moussa Sissoko for £30m


Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City are two most active Premier League club on deadline day. Reason for both clubs panic movement is obvious as they will be competing in Champions League this season, and to compete with the Europe elites, you need the elites in your team. Frenchman Moussa Sissoko is another added arsenal in Tottenham Hotspur attacking line up with £30m spending.

“We need a player who is more direct, more aggressive offensively,” Pochettino revealed. “Because we have players like Eriksen, [Heung-Min] Son or Lamela who like the ball played into their feet. So we need someone who has characteristics like we saw from Liverpool, like Sadio Mané, the type of player that can break the defensive line. I’m not talking about kicking or punching someone, only running and having the right mentality.”

As Pochettino described Sissoko rightly fit in, but the fee he paid for a striker who has struggled with his past club doesn’t seem to be justifying. Sissoko joined Newcastle from Toulouse in January 2013 and has made 133 appearances for the Magpies, but scored only 12 goals for them. Going by the stats, it can be said it’s a deadline day panic buy.

Meanwhile Sissoko tried to get Tottenham fans in confidence saying,“I will give everything for you and the team. I hope we win a lot of games and titles.”

New Castle got their asking price for their outgoing player because Everton was also in race to sign Sissoko. Everton had an offer accepted, but withdrew their interest after failing to agree personal terms, allowing Spurs to secure the 27-year-old’s signature. He is Tottenham’s second deadline-day signing following winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou’s arrival from Marseille.

The France international impressed in his country’s run to the Euro 2016 final this summer and stated his desire to leave St James’ Park after the club dropped down to the Championship. “I spent three and a half years here. I gave everything for this club and I want to play some big games. For that I need to go somewhere else,” Sissoko told BBC World Football.


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