Mauricio Pochettino has reservations about Moussa Sissoko 27 and believes that the £30 million man from Newcastle United doesn’t deserve a place in his squad.

Sissoko who has only made six appearances for Spurs and two of those from the bench has had little or no significant contribution since his big money move. Sissoko was left entirely from the squad that lost to Chelsea in the premier league over the weekend. That defeat left Tottenham seven points behind leaders Chelsea in the table. Pochettino made it clear that Sissoko must show commitment and work hard if he must be recalled to the squad.

“Football is not about money. It is about players being better and that they show on the training ground that they are better than another team-mate and that they deserve to be involved or not,” he told UK newspapers.

“In my opinion, I need to take the decisions and I believe that the players that started in the game and the players on the bench deserved to be involved in the game.

“There’s nothing else to it.”

“It’s not frustrating for me. It’s about football. We can see in football different things that happen. You sign a player and then you expect something, and you don’t find what you expected,” he said.

“If another deserved to be involved, like maybe Josh Onomah or maybe [Vincent] Janssen then why [Sissoko]?

“Because we pay money, do they deserve to play? He needs to work hard and to show in future that he deserves to be in the team.”



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