Moussa Sissoko has gone from flop to fan favourite at Tottenham this season.
At the beginning of the campaign, his name in the starting line-up was almost universally met with confusion and sometimes anger.
But in October, Sissoko’s performances began to drastically improve, as did his confidence. Gradually, he has become just about undroppable.
The Frenchman is one of the only Spurs players who has avoided criticism in recent days following disappointing Premier League defeats against Burnley and Chelsea.
Indeed, his performance level in both games was a level above his teammates as a result of his determination.
And ahead of Saturday’s crucial north London derby against Arsenal at Wembley, Sissoko has offered a stirring message.
“We have to learn from these two games and move forward,” Sissoko said.
“Now we have another opportunity, another derby at home in front of our fans and we have to make sure we play well. We will not give up.”
His words are indicative of why Tottenham fans have fallen for a player they would have been happy to see leave the club last summer.
Sissoko’s drive to improve has helped not only his individual game but the team, too.
It would be a huge surprise to see the 29-year-old left out of the starting line-up this weekend, such is his importance to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.