Tottenham: Pitt-Brooke gives verdict on Yves Bissouma
Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Athletic has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Yves Bissouma needs to ‘take more responsibility’.
The Lowdown: Little impact
Antonio Conte’s side signed Bissouma last summer from fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion for a fee of around £35 million.
The 26-year-old has played 18 times in the league for Spurs, but he’s only been given the nod to start on eight different occasions.
Last month Chelsea were reportedly interested in signing the midfielder from Mali, but Bissouma claimed he was happy with life at Tottenham.
The Latest: Bissouma must step up
Speaking on The View From The Lane podcast, Pitt-Brooke claimed that Spurs were too reliant on Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. He urged Bissouma to step up and push himself to make more of an impact when he plays for the club.
He stated (34:37), “It’s a miracle that they’ve got as far as they have with Hojbjerg and Bentancur playing basically every minute.
“Certainly before the World Cup, since the World Cup has been a little bit more rotation. It’s pretty apparent that Conte doesn’t particularly trust Sarr and Skipp,
“It’s apparent that Bissouma has taken a lot longer to get settled in than we thought. Tactically around the place is clearly there’s quite a bit of learning.
“He still needs to get up to speed but he’s gonna have to, because particularly if you’re competing on multiple fronts, if they’re going to stay in Europe especially.
“I’m sure they’d want the option maybe you’re playing the resume as the extra midfielder which I think it’s actually worked pretty well in a few games. They have done it before they’ve gone back to the 3-4-3.
“Bissouma has to be able to take more responsibility and he has to become an important player because so far, he just feels like a squad player.”
The Verdict: Bissouma needs time
We believe that Bissouma needs time to settle into life at Tottenham, sometimes a player needs a season to feel comfortable in a new team and its philosophy.
The 26-year-old was well loved in Sussex when he was at Brighton, the Seagulls faithful certainly admired and recognised his ability, Bissouma was named the Player of the Year by the supporters of the club for the year 2021.
He certainly has a lot of confidence in himself and his ability, the midfielder labelled himself as ‘the best’ midfielder in the Premier League when speaking to Football Focus (via The Mirror).
Bissouma could well need time to settle because he’s playing at a club with different expectations, Spurs are constantly pushing for top four and getting a place in the Champions League.
Brighton on the other hand is a club that only recently made a dent in the league’s top ten, achieving their first-ever finish in that position last season.
In our view Bissouma is certainly someone who has talent, he just needs time to settle and fully understand what’s expected of him at Spurs.