Watford signed Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window in a two years deal. The French International player was brought into the Premier League by Newcastle United and holds an experience in English football since 2013. He played for Newcastle from 2013-16 and was signed by the Spurs after that. Watford acquired his services to strengthen their midfield and bring some experience to the team.
The 32-year-old midfielder made his Watford debut against former club Tottenham Hotspur and has featured in five matches for the Hornets. The player is yet to open his account for the new club. The expected assist rate is 0.95 for the central midfielder. Sissoko has attempted three shots towards the opposition goal and two shots have been on target. The recoveries and interceptions have increased along with the matches he has played.
These are the pass receiving locations for Sissoko from the first five matches played by him last year for the Spurs. The player features from the right side of the central midfield and most of the passes that he has received are in the middle third. It looks like that he acted as a link between defence and midfield.
At Watford, Sissoko has received fewer passes in the first five matches. The location of the passes was quite similar but Sissoko has been flexible with his positioning. He has played more as a box-to-box midfielder and some of the passes received by him are near the opposition penalty box.
When looking at the above chart, the general rule is that the longer the bar the better the performance – you can see the league average in the middle and the % is the percentile rank the player is in.
This season Sissoko has shown improvement while going forward and has fewer contributions towards the defence. The dribbles attempted are quite similar in numbers but the success rate is high from last season. The attacking actions per 90 have increased from 2.9 to 4.2 for the French midfielder.
Moussa Sissoko has attempted backwards, sideways and forward passes. His eight passes have landed in the opposition 18-yard box and those passes are either in the form of crosses or normal passes. The highest threat is created from one pass into the opposition 6-yard box and that was the only pass that the player attempted from inside the opposition box. These passes also include two smart passes, three through passes and six crosses.
The number of passes has been decreased for the player. He averaged 37 passes per 90 last season but this season the average is 30 passes per 90. This has to do a lot with the team form and the way they play. Last year he was playing against Jose Mourinho and was expected to pass the ball more.
Moussa Sissoko was one of the important signings for Watford in the summer. His experience brings a lot to the team and the manager is using him in more of an attacking role. The Hornets will expect him to contribute more towards scoring or providing an assist. His experience in the Premier League could help Watford in surviving this season.