Yves Bissuma is struggling at Tottenham, admits Antonio Conte
Bissuma moved to Spurs in the summer from Brighton, arriving for an initial fee of £25million, but has only started one game so far.
Instead, Conte opted to stick with his central midfield pairing from last season of Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Rodrigo Bentancourt.
And now Conte has revealed that Bissuma is still getting used to playing the way the Italian wants him to.
“The only player who is struggling a bit with the tactical aspect is Bissuma, but also he is improving a lot in every aspect,” Conte said.
“I’m sure when we start again and play 12 games, for sure he’s another player I can rely on, but I’m trying to make the best decision for the player because I want to protect him.
“At the same time, I want to protect the team and everyone. We certainly know very well that when we start playing 12 games in a month again, you have to be ready. You have to be ready because I need all my players.
“If you compare other midfielders, I’ve seen other teams spend £60m, £70m, £50m. It depends on the view. I think we spent the right money. Remember we spent a lot of money on players who are now on loan.
“It doesn’t matter if you spend money, you have to have players who buy into our idea of football. There are players who do this quickly like Richarlison, [Clement] Lenglet, as [Ivan] Perisic and then other players who need some time.
“Also, midfield is a specific role for us, with and without the ball. It’s not simple. I am asking about some moments, about some positions. They should be a starting point at every moment of the game.
“Midfielder certainly, to get into our idea of football, is probably the most difficult position, but we are talking about a player who has great skills, good running. With the ball he is really good, defensively he needs to pay more attention.
“More attention because especially we only have two midfielders and then they have to be good with and without the ball, but I’m really happy with his signing.”