Midfielder could leave Tottenham, manager treatment to blame [Opinion]

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Moussa Sissoko looks on his way out of Tottenham Hotspur this summer as he’s fallen down the pecking order under Nuno Espirito Santo and isn’t likely to get back into the side, say L’Equipe (h/t Sport Witness).

The 32-year-old has two years remaining on his deal in North London and has been a decent servant since his 2016-arrival from Newcastle United, but the writing appears to be on the wall.

Sissoko finds himself behind Harry Winks, Oliver Skipp, Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Giovani Lo Celso in midfield, so his chances of getting playing time are scarce.

The French international, who’s represented the national team 71 times, has made a total of 202 appearances in all competitions for Spurs, scoring five goals with 16 assists.

Sissoko has hardly been seen this season, however. He was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Manchester City was left out of the matchday squad in the 1-0 defeat to Pacos Ferreira and was left out of the matchday squad in the 1-0 win over Wolverhampton wanderers.

Nuno has made it clear that the central midfielder has no place in the side while he’s manager, but it remains to be seen if he’ll find a new club before the summer transfer window shuts.

L’Equipe say Sissoko has interest from clubs in the Middle East, but he’s not keen on a move there. The 32-year-old cost Spurs more than £30m and earns £80k-per-week/£4.2m-a-year in wages, so he won’t be cheap for a suitor.

Summary

Tottenham have started the season well without Sissoko, so there’s no clamouring for Nuno to bring him back. The 32-year-old has been left behind by the midfield competition, so he’s left with few options –find a new club or fight for his place at Tottenham.

With little interest coming his way, however, Sissoko can only try to impress in training and hope to be given a chance. This may be a long season for him.