The Voice Of Reason
I think we all have given him some stick, although we gave hime a lot more time than the lost boys in Neverland who wanted him sold 5 minutes after we bought him and were in the Poch Out mob the day that Dutch twat Van Gob swerved us. It's good to see him playing like we thought he could, if he gets anywhere near the player he was for France in the 2014 World Cup I will be a happy bunny. I'm happy enough with how he is playing now but I think he has a lot more to offer.Really for me it's just been the position change. When he was lining up in advanced roles it just wasn't working. He is a simple player like you say. He isn't going to receive the ball near the corner flag stationary and beat a few guys. Hes kinda clumsy.
Now though he is asked to use his size to retrieve the ball and drive forward to feed attackers... This he is good at!
Another thing I have noticed is I think Poch has told him not to play like Winks, or Dembele, allowing players to come to them before passing. Sissoko seems to have been told to pass in space. Again this suits him.
I think the team he is in now helps massively. He seems like a guy who loved the challenge of being good enough. He was a bit of a shoe in at Newcastle (to my knowledge).
He needs a goal so badly as he is getting in advanced positions now and looking for passes, as his shooting confidence is gone.
I've slagged him no end, so humble pie for me and fair fucks to him!