Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino signed former Newcastle United player Moussa Sissoko on August 31, 2016 [summer deadline day] for a reported £30million transfer fee.
Image: Moussa Sissoko
The surprise deal came at the last minute when speculations had favored Everton as the Frenchman’s best move.
However, Mauricio has confirmed his reasons for the unexpected nervy decision to gamble on Sissoko, after a disappointing £12million bid for Wilfried Zaha on Monday.
The reason? Oops! He said the Euro 2016 star has pace, pace, pace–adding that “pace” scares teams. Pochettino wanted a player who could give his team an extra edge by running in behind. Zaha has the quality but since Spurs failed to land the player, they felt even happier after realizing Sissoko was up for grabs.
In his words: “We need a player who is more direct, more aggressive offensively,” Pochettino revealed.
“Because we have players like Eriksen, [Heung-Min] Son or Lamela who like the ball played into their feet. So we need someone who has characteristics like we saw from Liverpool, like Sadio Mané, the type of player that can break the defensive line.
“I’m not talking about kicking or punching someone, only running and having the right mentality.”