Tottenham: Conte making 'surprise decision' over £25m star at Hotspur Way

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte during training

Tottenham signing Yves Bissouma not starting games is “surprising”, says journalist Paul Brown.

The north London club recently bought the midfielder from Brighton for £25m, but he has barely featured under Antonio Conte so far.

GiveMeSport The Verdict
GiveMeSport The Verdict

How are things going for Bissouma at Tottenham?

It is early days, so Bissouma is unlikely to have too many complaints at this moment in time.

That being said, he surely would have liked to have started more games by now. The 26-year-old has been named in Conte’s first XI just once in the Premier League and did not even feature in their last domestic outing against Fulham. He did, however, have Covid during pre-season, which would have disrupted his settling in period at Hotspur Way.

In total, Bissouma has made five appearances in English football’s top flight this term, but the majority of those have come from off the bench, so he actually has not racked up too many minutes.

Again, though, the season is still young. There should be plenty of opportunities for him as the campaign goes on.

What has Brown said about Bissouma and Tottenham?

Brown is surprised by Bissouma’s lack of minutes and thinks there must be a reason why he is not starting games right now.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist said: “It might be a case of new club and needs a chance to settle in and get used to things, but there must be a reason why he’s not starting every week.

“They invested a fair amount of money on him and a lot of people thought that was a really good signing, so it is slightly surprising that he hasn’t played more.”

Can Bissouma win a place in the Tottenham team?

He is certainly good enough to, and how he has performed over the last year certainly proves that.

As per FBref, Bissouma has ranked in the 86th percentile for tackles, the 88th for interceptions, the 89th for blocks and the 91st for clearances among his positional peers. It shows that the Mali international is a really good midfielder when it comes to defending and winning the ball back.

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For now, though, Conte seems to be content with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, so Bissouma is going to have to be patient.

With it being a long season, however, there will be a need to rotate, which should see the former Brighton man get the opportunity to try and win a place in the side.

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