Yaya Toure says Tottenham star Yves Bissouma reminds him of Fernandinho
In a recent Mirror article, Yaya Toure, the former Manchester City star and current assistant coach to Roberto Mancini in Saudi Arabia, lavished praise on Tottenham’s Yves Bissouma, comparing him favourably to Manchester City legend Fernandinho.
This comparison from such a highly respected figure in football, especially one with Toure’s stature, is a significant endorsement for Bissouma and Tottenham. Toure’s admiration for Bissouma’s technical prowess is evident.
He described the Ivory Coast-born midfielder as “unbelievable” in terms of his technical skills and overall strength. Such attributes are crucial for a midfielder in the demanding environment of the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur star Yves Bissouma receives huge praise from Yaya Toure (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Bissouma’s ability to maintain composure and effectiveness, even under pressure, is a trait that Fernandinho also famously exhibited during his time at Manchester City.
Interestingly, Yaya Toure‘s connection to Tottenham goes beyond his admiration for Bissouma. He has previously coached at Tottenham’s academy, demonstrating his firsthand knowledge of the club’s culture and the development of its players.
“Technically, Yves Bissouma is unbelievable. His strength and technical abilities are outstanding. He also reminds me of Fernandinho. Very strong. Very energetic. A good engine and technically gifted.
“He is not afraid to receive the ball while he is being pressed or in tight spaces. If Bissouma carries on at that level even bigger clubs will look at him. What he is doing now, I’ve seen before. I’ve known him for a long time. I know his quality and I understand his strengths.”
Yaya Toure has been volunteering at Tottenham to gain managerial experience. (Photo: Sky Sports)
Toure’s remarks came ahead of a crucial clash between Tottenham and Manchester City. He noted that under the guidance of Ange Postecoglou, Bissouma has found the freedom he needs to excel.
Toure’s perspective on Tottenham and Bissouma is particularly insightful given his current role in coaching and his ambitions in management. His experience across different leagues and teams, including his current position with Mancini in Saudi Arabia and his previous coaching roles in Europe, gives him a broad view of football talent and tactical acumen.
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For Tottenham, having a player like Bissouma compared to a Premier League great like Fernandinho is not only a testament to Bissouma’s abilities but also to the club’s ability to nurture such talent. It should make us feel good and rightly so.