Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been in good form for the club in recent matches and plenty of fans haven’t been slow in pointing out he was silencing his many critics with his efforts.
With the tendency of the British press to build people up before tearing them down, that’s certainly a facet that has passed to the common person when it comes to social media, and Sissoko gave those who were waiting for their chance again every bullet they needed as he returned to the pitch for France on Friday evening.
Facing off against the Dutch, France lost the Nations League game 2-0 and the 29-year-old unfortunately played a massive part in the unexpected victory as he conceded the penalty that allowed Anthony Martial to make it a two-goal game deep into stoppage-time and end all hopes of them getting back on level terms.
The result ended the World Champions’ 15-game unbeaten run and Germany saw themselves relegated in the process, so I guess some will applaud agent Sissoko for his Machiavellian success.
Your lucky you don’t pay to watch him!!
— Peter Draper (@PdraperPeter) November 16, 2018
I literally chuckled out loud when he did it. Comedy gold everytime I watch him ????????
— Sean Power (@SeanPower78) November 16, 2018
Yikes! I guess Sissoko's been saving his 2017-2018 form for his national team! Good lad, if you're gonna screw up, don't do it repping Spurs https://t.co/NJb6JrF1iS
— Artur DaSilva (@BZChifan9) November 17, 2018
Sissoko back to being Sissoko tonight. Lack of control and gave away a penalty after losing the ball. Hugo absolutely outstanding. Back on form. De Jong is a different class. Time for DL to open the cheque book. #THFC #COYS
— John Hueston (@johnrhueston) November 16, 2018
I would tend to agree. We did not play as a team. So many ball losses means poor intensity. Digne/Pavard outclassed. But yet the Dutch did not impress me that much. We just let them play. The penalty from Sissoko is ridiculous. What a mistake.
— Laurent Tescari (@ltescari) November 16, 2018
Oh and Sissoko gave away the Penalty Spurs strike again!
— Kamlesh Jetha (@travelbug1576) November 16, 2018
Sissoko is very stupid for that tackle, Depay scores the panenka penalty to make it 2-0
— Ameer tofa (@Ussytofa) November 16, 2018
And Frenkie earns a penalty. Sissoko so stupid
— Ebenezer Blaze (@RHPiper_) November 16, 2018
Sissoko with a ridiculous challenge on De Jong. Penalty makes it 2-0. France showing nothing today.
— kevinwilliams (@kevvwill) November 16, 2018
Late penalty for Netherlands. Sissoko is a £37m fraud.
— Utkarsh Joshi (@UtkarshJos) November 16, 2018
There’s no getting away from the fact it was a mistake you don’t expect a player of that experience to commit, but I also can’t get away from the fact much of the criticism from the more clear Spurs fans seems like saved up point scoring.