Moussa Sissoko is confident that he can make a difference for Tottenham Hotspur this season â€“ because he has had a full pre-season program under manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The 28-year-old joined the north London club on transfer deadline day last year in a Â£30million deal from Newcastle United but struggled to make an impact having failed to register a single goal and could only muster three assists.
Rumours began circling this summer that the France international may be heading for the exit at Wembley with the World Cup on the horizon, but the midfielder has remained part of Pochettinoâ€™s plans and he feels that he can repay the club having undergone a full pre-season with Spurs.
â€œThis season is totally different because I had the pre-season with the team,â€ Sissoko told Yahoo Sport, â€œLast season I signed at the last minute and didnâ€™t have the pre-season so it was difficult.
â€œNow I feel good and ready to fight, like everyone, and to try to give my best for the team. I hope I will do well this season and we will all do well in the league, in the Champions League and in the cups.
â€œWhen you start youâ€™re always happy. The manager gave me my chance [on Saturday] and I tried to give my best. I think I did well, like all the team, so Iâ€™m happy.
â€œI had some chances but didnâ€™t score. I hope next time it will be in, but the most important thing was to have a good game. I hope my goal will come soon.â€
The Frenchman made his second start and fourth appearance of the season in the 3-0 win over Everton at the weekend.
While the Spurs supporters will not be running to get Sissoko’s name on the back of their Tottenham strips when taking advantage of the latest discount on sports wears, there is a train of thought that he will play a role for the club this season.
Sissoko went off on 78 minutes after picking up a knock but that is the longest the midfielder has played for Spurs so far this season.
The versatile midfielder operated in central midfield in Pochettino’s 3-4-2-1 system against Everton and showed glimpses of how his athleticism and strength can benefit Tottenham.
Sissoko has plenty of competition for a regular first-team place but the Frenchman looks set to be part of the Spurs thinking this term.
Tottenham are up to fifth-place in the Premier League after sealing victory at Goodison Park and begin their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night as they welcome German side Borussia Dortmund to Wembley, before welcoming Swansea City on Saturday.