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“Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma is playing like a £100m signing”

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:00, 4 September 2023

Peter Crouch believes Tottenham midfielder Yves Bissouma is playing like a £100m player this season.

Bissouma joined the North London club from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2022 for a reported £25m but seldom featured under Antonio Conte due to injury and lack of favour under the Italian tactician.

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The 27-year-old Mali international has turned out regularly since Ange Postecoglou’s appointment this summer. He’s started in each of Spurs’ opening four Premier League outings, subsequently completing the full 90 minutes on three occasions.

Despite not registering a goal or assist Bissouma is the only player in Europe’s big five leagues to make 10+ interceptions, 10+ successful tackles and complete 10+ take-ons.

This has cemented Bissouma as one of the standout centre-midfielders in the Premier League, and given the dramatic shift in the midfielder market in 2023 — with Enzo Fernandez, Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham and Moisés Caicedo all breaking the £100m mark — Crouch feels the fee Spurs paid for their No.8 looks like more of a steal with every passing week.

“Bissouma looks like a £100 million signing. From last year, it just shows a new manager coming in gives a player a new lease of life,” he recently told TNT Sports.

“I couldn’t understand last year Spurs were crying out for a player like Bissouma. I was thinking why is he not playing? The manager wasn’t trusting him and now a bit of trust from the manager and we’re seeing the benefits of that already.”

Tottenham are one of five Premier League teams yet to taste defeat this season. Manchester City, Liverpool, West Ham and Arsenal make up the other four — three of which are among the Premier League title favourites.