Destiny Udogie has been speaking to The Athletic about his Tottenham teammates and the start he has made to his Premier League career.
After struggling to make much of an impact in his first season at Tottenham, Yves Bissouma has been a revelation so far this season, having now become one of the first names on Ange Postecoglou’s teamsheet.
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Udogie stated that the Mali international caught his eye immediately as soon as he arrived at the North London club in the summer.
He said about the former Brighton man: “You can’t take the ball off him. The confidence, the quality in driving the ball. The passes, he’s one of the top, top players. He impressed me from the first day. Though he always loses in training games. I don’t know why. Romero’s team always wins.”
When asked if that is because everyone is scared of the Argentine, Udogie responded with a smile: “Maybe.”
Udogie also admitted being mightily impressed by Son Heung-min’s finishing ability since he arrived at the club.
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The 20-year-old said about his captain: “Sonny (Son Heung-min) is also a quality player. As a finisher, he’s so good.”
The left-back revealed that having Guglielmo Vicario at Hotspur Way has been a huge help in settling into the new environment.
Udogie said about the goalkeeper: “He is such a good guy. He helps me every day. We speak together in Italian and he’s a great player.”
The former Udinese man was suspended for the 2-1 loss to Wolves after receiving a red card in the London derby against Chelsea, and he confessed that he felt like he let the team down.
He said about his sending-off: “I was really sad for the team because we knew the importance of the game. Especially as we were already down to 10 men.”
When asked what the reaction in the dressing room was after the London derby, Udogie responded: “We’re a family. So we win together, we lose together. So the important thing was to stay together and come back stronger. That was the message from all the team — the captains, the manager.”
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It can often take teams a while to find their feet when there is a significant turnover of players in a transfer window but it sounds like the newcomers have quickly gelled into the environment at Tottenham, which is perhaps a testament to the kind of culture that exists at the club.