Pochettino: Sissoko has to earn his place in the side

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that he has not been impressed with Moussa Sissoko’s performance as of late. 

With that in mind, Pochettino has made it clear that the midfielder will have to work hard to regain his place in the starting line-up. 

Sissoko joined Tottenham from Newcastle United for a reported fee of £30 million, but after a slow start to the season, the Lilywhites’ boss is unimpressed with what he has seen from the 27-year-old thus far. 

"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," Pochettino said. "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."

Tottenham are coming off a 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Saturday and even though they paid a hefty amount for Sissoko’s services, Pochettino insisted that it doesn’t guarantee him a place in the starting XI. 

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

"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."