What Sissoko did to Nuno, classy tribute for Rose – 5 things spotted in Tottenham vs Watford

Sissoko confusion

Moussa Sissoko’s five-year spell at Tottenham finally came to an end on Friday afternoon after he sealed a move to Watford.

Pushed down the pecking order at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following Oliver Skipp’s return from his successful loan spell at Norwich, the French international was allowed to depart north London as part of Fabio Paratici’s squad overhaul.

Confirmed as a Watford player at 5.30pm on Friday evening, many expected Sissoko wouldn’t be available for the game between the sides due to the Premier League player registration regulations.

However, the experienced midfielder was named in the team to face Spurs and it surprised many inside the club.

Despite confirmation of the transfer not coming until later in the day, Watford managed to get a deal registered with the Premier League before the midday deadline.

Sissoko did receive a standing ovation after leaving the action on 70 minutes, before saying a proper goodbye to the home fans after the full-time whistle as he embarked on a lap of honour.

Classy tributes for Rose

Sissoko wasn’t the only former Tottenham player to make his return to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The game also saw Danny Rose play in N17 for the very first time since his 14-year stay at Tottenham came to end when his contract expired in the summer.

Missing out on the XI as he took his place on the bench for the encounter, the left-back was applauded by the home fans ahead of the game as the teams warmed up.



Danny Rose was an unused substitute in Tottenham's game against Watford
Danny Rose was an unused substitute in Tottenham’s game against Watford

That wasn’t the only applause the player recieved, however, as Christian Kabasele and a number of the Watford substitutes also applauded him as he ran towards them to take part in a rondo.

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Ten minutes prior to half-time the 31-year-old went to warm up down the touchline and it saw fans in the north stand get to their feet to applaud him once again, with the player, who had received a hug from Giovani Lo Celso seconds earlier, in turn applauding them back.

The rest of the supporters in the stadium soon realised from the noise that it was Rose warming up and subsequently started to sing “Danny, Danny Rose” at full voice.

Having not had the opportunity to say a proper goodbye to the club he served so well, the left-back also went on a lap of honour after the game to thank the Tottenham fans in attendance.

Sissoko gets Nuno

The inclusion of Sissoko in the Watford team had left plenty of Spurs fans rather nervous ahead of the game.

Only managing five goals for the Lilywhites in his 202 appearances for the club, many believed a goalscoring debut was inevitable going on how few and far between his Tottenham goals were.

Not threatening Spurs in the final third as he concentrated on the midfield battle, the ex-Newcastle United man did manage to get Nuno Espirito Santo shortly before the break.

Contesting for the ball with Dele Alli down the touchline, the Watford man was edged out of play by his former teammate and he hit the ball in anger straight into Espirito Santo’s chest.

There was certainly no intention from the Spurs man and he immediately apologised to the Portuguese boss for his actions.

Sissoko did later have a chance on goal for Watford but, as expected, his effort was no trouble for Hugo Lloris as it almost went into the second tier of the north stand.

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Attacking right-back

Japhet Tanganga is getting a good run at right-back at present with Espirito Santo electing against starting his former Wolves player Matt Doherty.

Starting his third successive match in the Premier League under his new boss, the academy graduate saw plenty of the ball in the first half as he got himself into some good attacking positions.

Doing extremely well to keep Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s pass in play and managing to pick out Steven Bergwijn for a chance early on, Tanganga’s end product did let him down at certain times when he was in good areas.

A defender first and foremost rather than an attacking player, it is an area of his game that he can improve on with the more game time he gets at right-back.

However, it is evident that Spurs do miss an attack-minded right-back at times to help them really make an impact in the final third.

Getting the job done

Tottenham’s victory over Watford means that the Lilywhites head into the first international break of the season top of the league table.

Winning courtesy of Son Heung-min’s free-kick just prior to half-time, it wasn’t exactly pretty from Espirito Santo’s men but, most importantly, they got the job done.

Very good on the first day of the season against Man City as they took the game to the champions and caused them big problems. Spurs’ last two displays haven’t exactly caught the eye but fans can’t really have too many complaints with the team sitting pretty at the top.

Boasting some excellent attacking players in Son, Harry Kane and Bergwijn, it could really be exciting for Spurs and Espirito Santo once everything clicks into gear.

However, the sign of a good team is winning games when far from their best.

Source by Football London

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