Moussa Sissoko’s poor start at Tottenham since signing on deadline day drew plenty of criticism from pundits and fans alike, and even his own manager.
Sissoko was dropped from the squad entirely for the defeat to Chelsea, but since then, he has shown signs of improving.
Sissoko provided the assist for Tottenham’s winner against Burnley, with fan favourite Danny Rose scoring the crucial goal.
It was his second assist of the season, not a bad figure considering Arsenal’s ‘assist king’ Mesut Ozil has the same number.
Sissoko was a substitute, and is still being worked back in slowly, but there are positive signs, and he is using his cameo appearances well, making an impact.
He was bright the previous week in the loss to Manchester United when he came on, and Tottenham fans will hope this is a sign he can become a key contributor from here on in.
Tottenham did not spend the big fee to sign Sissoko for him to be an impact substitute, but football is a squad game, and he will get his chances to start if he keeps influencing games like this.
The decision from Pochettino to drop him completely appears to have sparked him into life, with reality hitting home.