Following the comfortable victory at the Astana Arena over the weekend, Deschamps praised the Spurs man, applauding his unselfish attitude: “He gives, he gives, he is greatly appreciated by his teammates and feared by his opponents,” he said as per L’Equipe (via Sport Witness).
However, this sentiment is clearly not shared by all of the north London outfit’s fans. Sissoko has struggled while on Premier League duty this season, as his 6.5/10 WhoScored rating shows, and the £80k-per-week ace’s poor performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
“I’d be overjoyed to see him on the team, if I was an opponent. Can’t control, can’t pass, has difficulty dribbling. Been advised these maybe fundamental to being a footballer. The only people fearing his name are his teammates.”
“Well he definitely frightens me when I see his name on the team sheet”
“The fans behind the goal fear him when he shoots”
“Pity he’s like Bambi on ice”
“Not be me he isn’t. Offers nothing, creates nothing, produces nothing”
“And feared by his own supporters.”
The former Toulouse and Newcastle United man missed out on France’s victorious 2018 World Cup-winning squad, but he’ll be hopeful that Deschamps’s recent praise means he’s in with a shot of making the final cut for this summer’s European Championships.