Moussa Sissoko got his first Tottenham goal since 2019 in the 2-0 win over Brentford last night.
The Frenchman set the ball rolling as Spurs booked a place in April’s EFL Cup final at Wembley.
Sissoko took just five days of 2021 to better his goal tally for the whole of the previous year which will please Jose Mourinho.
After the game, the Frenchman told the Evening Standard that Mourinho tweaked his role somewhat, allowing him to burst forward more when Spurs got the ball.
“Of course I would like to score more goals and make more assists but it depends on the system we are going to play,” said Sissoko.
“This time, without the ball I was playing as a number six but with the ball I was higher, another eight with Tanguy.
“So I could be in front and make that run. It’s easier to score when I get in the box than when I play as a number six.”
As he says, Sissoko has largely been used as a holding player in front of the back four this season.
But it’s clear he was granted more creative freedom last night and made the most of it.
Jamie Redknapp and Darren Bent said after the game that they want to see more runs like that from Sissoko.
But it’s clear it depends on the midfielder being given enough freedom by Mourinho.
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