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BBC pundit thinks £25m Tottenham player has been a ‘revelation’


Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Yves Bissouma has been hailed by pundit Garth Crooks following his encouraging start to the season.

Yves Bissouma has been a ‘revelation’ for Tottenham Hotspur this season having been freed from Antonio Conte’s shackles.

That is the view of pundit Garth Crooks, who named Bissouma in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport.

Bissouma started for Tottenham as they headed to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

This was a back-and-forth game as Bukayo Saka’s deflected strike opened the scoring before Son Heung-min levelled it up.

Saka put Arsenal back in front from the penalty spot before Son again brought Tottenham level, securing a 2-2 draw in the first North London derby of the season.

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Garth Crooks hails Yves Bissouma

Son landed himself in the Team of the Week for Crooks after his brace, with Tottenham teammate Bissouma joining him.

Crooks moved to praise Bissouma, suggesting that his lack of impact last season is actually down to Antonio Conte.

Bissouma started just 10 Premier League games last season as Conte seemingly wasn’t entirely convinced.

The 27-year-old is now thriving though and Crooks believes that he has been a ‘revelation’ so far this season.

Crooks added that Bissouma displayed real ‘passion’ against Arsenal and his display was simply ‘outstanding’ against a top-level opponent.

“The mere fact that this lad struggled to get a regular game under Antonio Conte is more a reflection on the high-profile Italian manager than it was on the Mali international,” said Crooks. “Bissouma has been a revelation for Tottenham so far this season and played against Arsenal with the sort of passion you expect from a midfield player in a north London derby.”

“The player’s ability to engage the opposition and at the same time cover ground has been outstanding. A draw against Arsenal was probably a fair result but the Gunners couldn’t have screamed if Tottenham had come away with all three points,” he added.

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Bissouma going from strength to strength under Ange Postecoglou

Bissouma was essentially a non-factor for Tottenham last season, failing to make an impact after his £25million move from Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Malian really needed to kick on this summer or ultimately risk being flogged by Spurs in 2024.

That almost certainly won’t be happening now as Bissouma has been simply magnificent in the early weeks of the season.

Bissouma has been combative and excellent in terms of protecting his back four as well as skilful and creative going forward.

This seems to be a perfect match in terms of player and coach with Bissouma finally proving his worth at Spurs under Ange Postecoglou.

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