Tottenham Hotspur signed Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion last summer.
The 27-year-old was expected to establish himself as a key player for the North London club, but things did not go according to plan for him last season.
The Malian fell out of favour with Antonio Conte and struggled to adapt to the Italian manager’s system. It seems that the arrival of Ange Postecoglou has handed the 27-year-old a new lease of life and he has flourished under the new manager.
The £25 million signing is looking like a bargain for Tottenham right now and the player has now reflected on his struggles under the previous manager.
Bissouma claims that he and Antonio Conte viewed football differently and therefore it was never a good match.
Speaking to SpursPlay, he said: “It’s true, there was a coach who I owe respect to, because he helped me sign with Tottenham, and that’s it. We didn’t see football the same way… but he was the coach, the boss and I have always shown him respect. Even now.
“In hindsight I think I’d say it simply wasn’t meant to be my season because you get a feeling before the season begins. When you get injured in the pre-season or you catch Covid, all of that was a bit of an indicator.”
The Malian international has been excellent for Tottenham in their new system. Postecoglou’s attacking approach has got the best out of the defensive midfielder this season and he has established himself as an indispensable asset for the Premier League side.
It is evident that Conte misused the midfielder last season and the fans will be delighted that Postecoglou has managed to get the best out of him.
Tottenham have certainly improved this season because of his impressive preferences. Bissouma has helped them tighten up at the back and his presence also allows the creative players to operate with more freedom.
The 27-year-old will look to continue his impressive run of form and help Tottenham return to the Champions League at the end of the season.