Moussa Sissoko doesn’t need telling that his first few months at Tottenham have been far from groundbreaking.
The Frenchman arrived from Newcastle in a club record-equalling transfer on Deadline Day, Spurs splashing out £30million to bolster their midfield.
The self-confessed Arsenal fan has struggled to force Mousa Dembele or Victor Wanyama from central midfield, though he may now get his chance with the former injured on international duty with Belgium.
It certainly hasn’t helped that he’s also been serving a three-game ban for an elbow on Harry Arter in the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth.
Tottenham fans have made their frustrations clear, but Sissoko seems well aware of his failings.
“It’s true that there has been a lot of mishaps; my late signing, my lack of preparation for the season, my blow to the head against Middlesbrough, and this suspension,” he said, via Sky Sports.
“When I arrived, I felt that my team-mates were aware of the amount of my transfer. I was not just any player, but I ignore all of this.
“I was not at the top when I signed, but that’s normal. They all worked well this summer while I had a mini-preparation.
“The suspension fell at the wrong time. In addition, it was something involuntary. Even the opposition player said. I had to work harder than others in training and some double sessions to keep up.
“All that now is behind me. I have come out, grown up. All the lights are green.”
The 27-year-old reportedly turned down Everton to move to White Hart Lane, but despite the drama surrounding the switch, he has failed to live up to whatever expectations fans had of him in the first place.