Emmanuel Adebayor has singled out Yves Bissouma for praise, remarking that his quality on the ball in the middle of the park is one of the main reasons why Tottenham are flying high this season.
Bissouma had a season to forget in 2022-23 following his switch from Brighton, with the midfielder struggling to get game time under Antonio Conte, who even publicly stated that the Mali international was finding it difficult to come to terms with the tactical requirements of his system (The Athletic).
Just when the 27-year-old started getting regular game time, he picked up an injury that kept him out of action for almost the entirety of the second half of the campaign.
However, Bissouma has hit the ground running this season, looking much more like the player we saw at the Seagulls.
He has quickly made himself undroppable, given his tireless defensive work in front of the Tottenham backline and his ability to handle the ball in tight areas of the pitch.
Yves Bissouma is impressing this season at Spurs
Adebayor has now told talkSPORT (26/10 9:11 am): “[Yves] Bissouma is playing one of the best football, him and [Pape Matar] Sarr in the middle, the coach has given them confidence.
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“Bissouma is trying to take the maximum risk that he can take in the middle and Maddison is being the playmaker. When they are going in half-time [against Arsenal], he is the player that is calming them down, holding the ball quite well.”
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Bissouma’s press resistance and ability to carry the ball is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why we have won the midfield battle more often than not this season.
While the Mali international is not the best of passers, that is an area where Bentancur excels, which is why I am excited to see how those two play together.