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Conte has frozen out 26-year-old Tottenham star due to ‘indiscipline’

By Mehdi Gokal -

According to Football Insider, Yves Bissouma is being overlooked by Antonio Conte at Tottenham due to ‘tactical indiscipline’.

The £25m summer signing from Brighton has only played 180 minutes in eight appearances since his arrival and Spurs fans want Bissouma to get more playing time in a team that has won just one of its six away games this season.

But according to the report, Antonio Conte will ‘continue to leave the 26-year-old until he is convinced’ the midfielder can follow his tactical instructions.

Bissouma had more freedom in Brighton, where he was encouraged to join attacks and operate in a more creative manner. However, Conte wants Tottenham’s two central midfielders to protect the defence and play almost exclusively in central areas.

Bissouma has only started once in the Premier League this season, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur starting on a regular basis. Oliver Skipp returned from injury against Arsenal last weekend, giving the former Brighton man even more competition.

The 26-year-old did make a promising cameo in last month’s 6-2 win over Leicester, but Conte has admitted Bissouma is “struggling” to adapt to his tactics.

Spurs will be up against the player’s former club this Saturday.

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Lilywhite without the II
Lilywhite without the II
1 month ago

Levy “Bissouma is available”; Conte “yes but, can you get him to do an IQ test first”; Levy “umm, well I bought him anyway as he was chea….urgh, available, im told he is very very smart by his agent”

SpursGoliath
SpursGoliath
1 month ago

Bentancur and Hojbjerg have goals and assists and can join the attack – if true Bissouma needs to bend not Conte.

Conte needs players in form then we can see if this system can produce winning/entertaining football.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Rubbish. Conte should play a player to his strengths. The fact he plays Emerson as a WB when he’s hopeless at it, tells you it’s the manager who wrong not the player.

This is what’s wrong with our recruitment. We buy players. We don’t buy players to actually fill a role.

Cabspur
Cabspur
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

Agree they can get goals but not when they are outnumbered in midfield ,twice i can recall conte changing the formation 442 against chelsea and 352 and both times we very much improved and were a much better watch .
So why not be much more flexible?

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

Because Conte is stubborn that’s why, He insists in playing square pegs in round holes. Emerson would be a much better player if he was played to his strengths.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Cabspur

In total 3 goals and 2 assists in 8 games between them so far. Conte has said he wants his 2 midfielders to protect the defence. That leaves little room for creativity.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  SpursGoliath

It can’t.

JimmyGrievance
JimmyGrievance
1 month ago

I’ll say this just once more. Conte is the problem. Cast your mind back to last season. Our game against Brighton. Bissouma absolutely destroyed us from MF. I figured it’s why we brought him.

Fast forward. If this story is true. Then yes, it’s Conte who’s the problem. I’ve said in previous blogs we lack creativity in MF. Bissouma is playing his natural game. He not defying orders. How can he , when we have 4 defensive MF lining up alongside him.

Conte’s negative tactics are the problem. Sonny’s not the same player heaven knows why. Kane is dropping deeper and deeper to get the ball. Perisic, our best player on Tuesday night got subbed off. These aren’t the tactics of a genius manager.

Spurs fans absolutely ripped Mourinho for his negativity. Yet somehow Conte gets a free pass.

I say let Bissouma play his game. Let the player play his natural game instead of trying to stifle what he’s actually good at. Maybe then we can get away from he dirge we have been fed of late.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  JimmyGrievance

Spot on, well said.

Andy B
Andy B
1 month ago

I am bored of watching the football we play and recently stopped going to games and watching it on TV. I may as well just watch my washing machine in action. There is not much difference in the excitement.

There is no creativity in the team, nothing different, just more of the same week after week.

If Bissouma doesn’t want to fit into that mediocrity then maybe it shows that he has some initiative, rather than just following orders to play in one way like a robot.

Who knows what is happening behind the scenes? We are all just guessing.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Andy B

I think Conte’s methods are sometimes not always embraced by every player. Fabregas had gone on record saying that he didn’t want to adapt to it when Conte was at Chavski. However, Fabregas comes across as an arrogant tw*t but at least he had medals at a high level, and was about 32 at the time.

This doesn’t bode well regarding Bissouma’s attitude, as he came with a slightly iffy track record down to an incident off the pitch. Many put this down to some selfish woman in a nightclub that didn’t want to be touched up against her will. Poor little Bissouma, the victim in all of it, the sexist narrative certainly dug him out of a hole there. I reckon he needs to get his head down and listen to a manager who’s won stuff, take both his dangly ear rings out and start behaving like a highly paid professional.

Did somebody say ‘due diligence’, again?

Last edited 1 month ago by Easty
Eddie
Eddie
1 month ago

Who would have done due diligence on Bissouma?Surely the things that were expected from him would have been discussed during the transfer negotiations.This whole thing doesn’t make sense.I would certainly like to see more of him.

Sean
Sean
1 month ago

When we signed him I thought he would make an immediate impact but I dunno what’s going on behind the scenes I’d like to see more of him in upcoming fixtures he reminds me of Dembele in his prime it’s a matter of time before he starts getting minutes under his belt and cement his spot on the team IMO

Spurs4life
Spurs4life
1 month ago

BS

Archibald&Crooks (SC)
Archibald&Crooks (SC)
1 month ago

This is a load of – we will politely call it baloney.
He was good enough tactically at Brighton and I dont follow other clubs but I do remember him making our m/f look like donkeys in one game last season.

Markp
Markp
1 month ago

doesn’t take much to make our MF look like donkeys.

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago
Reply to  Markp

Masters of the sideways/backwards pass.

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