Friday, October 22, 2021

Spurs may have made mistake agreeing £2.5m transfer in the summer

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to pick up the pieces after suffering their third successive defeat in the Premier League at the weekend.

Spurs have conceded nine goals in the league since returning from international break. And of course, their latest loss will hurt most of all given that it came at the home of their bitter rivals.

Nuno Espirito Santo appears to have a number of issues to address in the coming weeks. And one of those is definitely what to do about his midfield.

The trio of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli endured a miserable time at the weekend. Hojbjerg and Dele came in for criticism from various pundits.

Previously, it was the combination of Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks who endured a miserable time in the loss at Crystal Palace.

Skipp has been a shining light so far. But at times, it feels that he is fighting a lone battle.

And with that, surely questions need to be asked about whether Tottenham made the right decision selling Moussa Sissoko in the summer.

Obviously, Sissoko had his limitations. And letting the 32-year-old is not going to go down amongst the greatest howlers Spurs have produced by any means.

But the Frenchman left for £2.5 million. For a club such as Tottenham, that is not a game-changing amount of money. Of course, offloading his wages would have been a boost as they looked to bring new signings in.

But perhaps Spurs would actually be better off still having him in the side.

Tottenham did not appear to have anything like his work-rate and energy in their midfield in that first-half at the Emirates.

It may not have changed a lot. But Arsenal got themselves going with a couple of early challenges. Spurs never gave themselves the chance to do similar.

Had Watford offered £10 million for Sissoko, it would have seemed a no-brainer.

But with Spurs’ midfield causing Nuno so many problems, surely there is an argument to be made that the £2.5 million deal was not worth it.
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