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Tottenham Hotspur ‘happy’ with ‘struggling’ Yves Bissouma’s progress, says Fabrizio Romano

Tottenham Hotspur spent £25million to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer and ended the summer by loaning out Giovani Lo Celso, Harry Winks, and Tanguy Ndombele.

Essentially, he was going to be our third midfielder this season behind Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur. Many would have even expected him to challenge for a starting spot more often.

And that is why when manager Antonio Conte said last month that Bissouma is ‘struggling‘ with the tactical aspect at Spurs, some fans would have naturally been worried. However, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, that seems to be changing.

Referee shows a yellow card to Tottenham Hotspur's Yves Bissouma as teammates Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur look on against Brighton.
Referee shows a yellow card to Tottenham Hotspur’s Yves Bissouma as teammates Eric Dier and Rodrigo Bentancur look on against Brighton. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Mali international is said to be making good progress and the staff is ‘happy’ with his growth at the club. Romano said in his exclusive CaughtOffside column (Subscription Required):

“Bissouma was probably not 100% ready for Conte’s ideas. But I’m told he’s working hard to improve and the staff is happy with his progress.”

Bissouma was handed his second start of the season in the 1-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion yesterday. Conte started a midfield three which saw the ex-Seagulls star have a decent game against his former side – barring a yellow card.

Dejan Kulusevski and Lucas Moura were unavailable for the game, which made the 3-5-2 formation change a sensible system to deploy. If that is the case when we take on Eintracht Frankfurt at home this week remains to be seen.

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The 26-year-old midfielder has had just five minutes of football in Europe so far, with all of them coming during his substitute appearance in a 2-0 win against Olympique de Marseille in our opening UEFA Champions League group stage game this season.

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