Ben Davies has heaped praise on his Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko for his recent performances, suggesting the midfielder has been used as a “scapegoat” for poor team displays in the past.

Sissoko has been in fine form in recent weeks, most recently putting in an excellent shift during Spurs’ convincing 3-1 victory over Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane were all rightly praised for their impactful performances, but Sissoko did most of the hard graft in midfield and received plenty of plaudits.

After the game, Davies expressed his delight for Sissoko following a difficult first two seasons at the club.

“I thought he was excellent against Chelsea. He’s really showing the quality he’s got, but we never had any doubts about what he can bring to this team,” Davies said (via the London Evening Standard).

“He got a bit of flak, sometimes unfairly, and he became a scapegoat when we didn’t perform at our best.

“But I thought on Saturday, and during this entire season, he’s been excellent, so we’re delighted for him. If you can come back from that, you can do anything.”

Many fans would have been happy to see Sissoko sold over the summer, but this season he has become an integral member of the squad.

Right now, the 29-year-old would arguably be included in every supporter’s preferred line-up for the upcoming matches against Inter Milan and Arsenal.

It will be interesting to see whether Pochettino rotates his midfield on Wednesday night.



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