Tottenham Hotspur manager Enze Postecoglou has identified midfielder Yves Bissouma as a future leader.

“He can be a leader,” Postecoglou said of Bissouma in an interview with TalkSPORT in the United Kingdom on Wednesday.

When asked how he got the most out of her, Postecoglou said, “There was nothing special between us,” adding, “The first day I came to Tottenham, she was here. I was lucky, a lot of players left (the team) for the A-match, but he was here from the first day I came,” he said.

“I said to him, ‘I saw you train the first three or four times. “The first three or four times I watched him train, I said, ‘You can be the leader of this group.’ I already knew what he was capable of, but when I watched him train, I could see him elevate himself.”

“The next morning, he was late for work. I told him, ‘Being a leader means being punctual,’ and the rest is history,” he recalls.

Bissouma joined Spurs from Brighton & Hove Albion for €29.2 million ahead of last season.

Given the amount of money Spurs spent on him, and his ability as a Brighton ace, it was expected that Bissouma would become a key part of Spurs’ midfield.

However, in his first year in charge, Antonio Conte opted for Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the midfield rather than Bissouma. Bissouma began to get more playing time after Bentancur was ruled out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with an injury, but he was still a late bloomer under Conte, starting just 10 of his 23 Premier League games after suffering an ankle injury in February.

However, with Conte’s departure and Postecoglou’s arrival, his position has changed dramatically. He started more and more games in preseason and started all four Premier League games, including the opener. Despite drawing 2-2 with Brentford on the opening day, he was well-received by football statistician Footmob with an 8.4 rating, second only to James Maddison. They say he has established himself as an indispensable resource in the Spurs midfield, showing off the breakaway ability and steady passing that were his strengths at Brighton. Even with the arrival of Bentancur, who is expected to return this month, the general consensus is that Bissouma’s position will not change.

At 27, Bissouma is also in the middle of the squad’s age range. Tottenham have been building for the future from last summer to this summer, bringing in players in their early 20s and teens as well as immediate power. As such, they need new leaders to guide them after Son, and Postecoglou believes Bissouma is one of them. 온라인바카라

“There’s always a lesson to be learned,” Postecoglou said, sharing an anecdote about Bissouma and his tardiness. He and all the players have to say, ‘There are no excuses. I think it’s important to create an environment, a framework, where he and all the players can say, ‘There are no excuses for not doing your best,’ and in that context, the rest is up to the players themselves.”