Tottenham’s hopes for progression to the knockout phase of the Champions League suffered a serious setback on Wednesday night.
Their move to Wembley for the competition is not having the desired effect, and the 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverksusen was their second in a row on (temporary) home soil.
As such, while they remain in the hunt for qualification,they now sit in third place in the group and defeat in Monaco in three weeks would seal their fate.
Tottenham have themselves admitted that their performance against the Bundesliga side was not up to scratch, but one player in particular stood out as having an exceptionally bad game.
Moussa Sissoko, a £30m deadline day signing from Newcastle, has started just five games since swapping St. James’ Park for White Hart Lane in August, and on the basis of Wednesday night’s performances won’t be starting too many more in the near future.
Nothing went right for the French international, in an evening that can be summed up in this clip…
— The Ginger Pirlo (@ToonBano) November 2, 2016
In the first half, Sissoko was almost anonymous, and anything he did attempt went badly…
Moussa Sissoko First Half
— EPL Stat Man (@EPLStatman) November 2, 2016
It wasn’t to get much better for the 27-year-old, as by the final whistle (having somehow managed to stay on the field for the 90 minutes), Sissoko’s stats read (from Whoscored.com):
- 58% passing accuracy (comfortably the worst of any Tottenham player)
- 0 accurate crosses (from 2 attempted)
- 0 chances created
- 1 shot (0 on target)
- Lost possession of the ball 30 times
His performance was roundly destroyed on social media afterwards, with Newcastle fans in particular taking particular delight in his downfall (not to mention the £28m profit they made from his sale) and Tottenham fans struggling to contain their anger:
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 2, 2016
When you got £30 MILLION for Moussa Sissoko… pic.twitter.com/yBtjWXHTGf
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleNUFC) November 2, 2016
Can you suspend Moussa Sissoko for more games, @FA?
— Ross. (@RossTweeting) November 2, 2016
In 60 years, Newcastle supporters will tell their grandkids about their club making a £28.5m profit on Moussa Sissoko.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) November 2, 2016
Moussa Sissoko catching plenty of criticism from Spurs fans inside Wembley tonight – this was the Newcastle Sissoko not the France Sissoko.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) November 2, 2016
Sissoko is the perfect example of why you get your deals done early in the transfer window.
— Yidvids (@YidVids) November 2, 2016
Everton dodged a massive bullet on Sissoko lad https://t.co/H4O1wmZEWQ
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) November 2, 2016
Sissoko will not have the chance to atone for this performance any time soon as he is suspended for the north London derby against Arsenal on Sunday, with the international break coming straight after.
Indeed for a man that was always so confident about his ability to play at the highest level, he is yet to show that he was worth even half of what Tottenham paid for him in the summer.