Former Manchester City star and current assistant coach to Roberto Mancini in Saudi Arabia, Yaya Toure, expressed glowing admiration for Tottenham’s Ivorian midfielder, Yves Bissouma. Toure’s face lit up when Bissouma’s name was mentioned, and he believes the 27-year-old has the potential to excel in City’s midfield, drawing parallels to his own playing style.
“Technically, Yves Bissouma is unbelievable. His strength and technical abilities are outstanding,” Toure remarked. The former three-time Premier League title winner, who was shortlisted for the Premier League Hall of Fame earlier this year, is keenly following Bissouma’s return from suspension for Tottenham’s upcoming clash with Manchester City.
Toure, who played a pivotal role in City’s historic Premier League win in 2012, draws comparisons between Bissouma and another City legend, 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,” Toure noted. He predicts that if Bissouma maintains his current level of performance, bigger clubs will soon come knocking.
Reflecting on his own coaching journey, Toure shared insights into his role as assistant coach to Mancini in Saudi Arabia. He emphasized the importance of continuous learning and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work closely with one of the best in the business. Mancini, fresh off a triumph in the 2020 European Championship with Italy, has already led the Saudi team to impressive victories in World Cup qualifiers against Pakistan and Jordan.