Newcastle United centre-back Dan Burn has admitted that his former Brighton teammate Yves Bissouma was one of the players who was often head and shoulders above the others in training.
Bissouma arrived at Spurs this summer with a fantastic reputation and the midfielder’s signing certainly excited the Tottenham fan base.
However, the 26-year-old has made just one start across all competitions since making the switch from the South Coast to North London, with Antonio Conte continuing to show faith in the central midfield partnership of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Earlier this month, the Spurs head coach praised the Mali international’s attributes but admitted that the 26-year-old is a ‘step behind’ Hojbjerg and Bentancur since he is learning about his role in Tottenham’s system (Football.London).
Burn has now spoken in glowing terms about Bissouma while giving his assessment of how new Chelsea boss Graham Potter turned Brighton into a force. The centre-back revealed that the midfielder would do things in training that nobody else was capable of.
Burn told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport The Monday Night Club: “He (Potter) needed people to buy into what he wanted to do. I think if you looked at the more forward players, like Leandro (Trossard) and players like that.
“They were a different type of player. They could do things on the pitch that nobody else could do. I mean Bissouma was another one. He could do things that nobody else could do.”
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I expected Conte to start the season with the Bentancur and Hojbjerg partnership but I expected Bissouma to have got at least two or three starts by now.
For all the talk of wanting a big squad and the importance of rotation, Conte has stuck to his conservative approach of picking the same tried-and-tested eleven so far this season.
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