Antonio Conte’s side bounced back to winning ways last weekend as they defeated Brighton and Hove Albion on their own patch before defeating Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Now, the north Londoners welcome a much-improved Everton side to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Former midfield foe Frank Lampard has somewhat turned things around in Merseyside as the Toffees find themselves in midtable, rather than in the relegation dogfight – for now.
Although the Italian head coach could turn to Yves Bissouma after his second start of the Premier League campaign last weekend.
There were understandable signs of rust in the 70 minutes he was on the pitch but it’s evident that he could well become the third wheel of the dynamic midfield duo of Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the engine room.
The Mali international aided his side with his powerful presence, having won over 66% of his duels, which was more than the unrelenting Uruguayan (42%) and the great Dane (16.6%), via SofaScore.
He should be fresher than most too after he was dropped to the bench in midweek and given Everton’s upturn in form, largely thanks to their new spine providing defensive stability across the pitch, Bissouma’s enforcer-like nature could be vital in helping Spurs beat Lampard’s rigid XI.
At the Seagulls last term, the 26-year-old – who cost £25m in the summer – averaged 2.9 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per league outing, via WhoScored, and that is currently better than everyone in the Spurs squad this term.
It’s exactly why journalist Aaron Stokes previously lauded Bissouma as an “absolute monster,” so in a bid to forget about these worrying injury blows, Conte must look to unleash the box-to-box machine later today.
Now valued at £18m by CIES Football Observatory, it’s got the be time to see Bissouma in action more in the Lilywhites strip going forward. He could do some serious damage to the Toffees if handed the keys to do so.
AND in other news, Conte drops Lucas Moura update…