Jose Mourinho said that Moussa Sissoko “didn’t fit his needs” – which is why the Frenchman found himself on the bench against West Ham on Saturday.
Sissoko had started all of Spurs’ 12 Premier League matches this season under Mauricio Pochettino, but was left out of Mourinho’s starting line-up at the London Stadium.
Instead, the 56-year-old opted to start with Harry Winks and quite predictably Eric Dier, who he was once keen to sign during his Manchester United days back in the summer of 2017, although he ended up signing Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic – with Tottenham not interested in selling.
Mourinho admitted his reasons for the English duo starting – stating that Winks’ passing ability and Dier’s positional sense is why Sissoko wasn’t required to start in East London.
Mourinho told BBC Sport: “What made me [start Winks and Dier] was the positional play of the four attacking players. I needed one midfielder that was more positional and I needed one midfield that was more a passer of the ball.
“Of course, when I see Moussa, he is a very good player, but he is very different than my needs. I need that stability from Dier and I need the kid to move the ball faster, also positionally and also to find the attacking players in the positions we want them to find the ball.”
Despite his omission, Sissoko could come back into the side when Tottenham return to Champions League action against Olympiacos on Tuesday.
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