“I want him to lead by example” spur manager said to the young star,He is a good player and respectful to his teammates

Tottenham ace Yves Bissouma has insisted Ange Postecoglou was right to tick him off for poor time-keeping after he arrived late for training on the second day of the Australian’s reign. Bissouma has become a key player under the former Celticboss and has started his team’s first five Premier League matches of the season, with Spurs winning four of them and drawing the other

Postecoglou has turned to Bissouma to become a Tottenham leader on an off the pitch, but the Mali international was unable to keep to his manager’s strict training times after suffering a blowout on his way to the training ground.

“I had a flat tyre and there was a lot of traffic as well but that’s not an excuse,” the midfielder explained. “Every player knows the times – and that he needs to be on time everywhere. The gaffer caught me and told me that to be a leader or a big, big player, you must respect all the details of the club.

“It’s about respect. That’s important. I said sorry to him and the rest of the players. We fixed it. And now I’m always the first at training.”

Bissouma has enjoyed an upturn in form since Postecoglou took the helm at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the summer. And the 27-year-old will be aiming to make an impact when his side go head-to-head with Arsenal in the north London derby at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The gaffer has given me confidence with his belief,” the player continued. “He’s very good as a manager and a really good person. Not just with me but with all his players. He always talks to us.”


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