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comments seemingly directed at out-of-form midfielder Moussa Sissoko,
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will not automatically
pick someone just because they cost a lot of money.
Sissoko came off the bench for Spurs' 2-1 defeat by Monaco last week,
which effectively ended their Champions League campaign this season,
while he was left out of the match-day squad altogether for the loss
against Chelsea on Saturday.
The former Newcastle midfielder has struggled to hold down a regular
place in the Tottenham first team since making a £30million move at the
start of this season and Pochettino is adamant how much a player cost
will not affect his decision of who to pick for any given fixture.
He said: "If you sign a player and you expect something, and you do
not find what you expect, and if another deserves to be involved, like
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou or Vincent Janssen, then why [do we play
another]? Because we paid money we need to put the player to play?
"Football is not about money. You show on the training ground that
you are better than another team-mate and you deserve to be involved. Of
course he needs to work hard and show in the future that he deserves to
be involved in the team.
"I need to take a decision and I believe the players that start on
the bench deserved to be involved in the game. It is not another thing
to focus on.
"I think there is nothing wrong. We are in a good position in the
Premier League. You saw a very different performance between Monaco and
Chelsea - that happens because to be fresh to play in both competitions
is difficult. We need to learn about that and start to win games."
Tottenham next welcome Swansea City to White Hart Lane on Saturday where Pochettino's men will be looking to get back to winning ways.
Kick off is at 17:00.