Whenever a Premier League team is on the brink of a relegation battle, there’s always one player who is clearly too good to be in that side.
Last year for Aston Villa it was Jack Grealish, for Norwich it was Emi Buendia and for Bournemouth it was Callum Wilson. This year, as Brighton sit in 16th place with ten points from 11 games, it’s Yves Bissouma.
The Mali international is in his third season at the AMEX Stadium and has been the shining light in a Brighton side struggling for any sort of good form recently.
At 6ft tall, Bissouma’s long frame and super physique is the perfect base for all his technical qualities to shine through too.
He breaks up play well, is strong in the tackle, a good passer of the ball, breaks lines well with dribbling and passing and is good in possession. As a defensive-led box-to-box midfielder, Bissouma is among the best in the division despite playing for Brighton.
It’s no shock to see that he has been linked with a move to the top clubs, with Liverpool reportedly at the head of the queue for a January move. But it’s not just the champions who Bisosuma would help by joining in the next transfer window.
With his skillset and the inevitable departure of Paul Pogba, Manchester United should be keeping an eye on him as a potential midfield replacement. While he wouldn’t be a direct replacement, he would fill a gap in midfield but also add defensive quality and athleticism at an affordable price.
Tottenham could also look into the signing of the Mali international, with his skillset fitting in perfectly well with what Mourinho likes in a midfielder. With Moussa Sissoko so key to what Spurs do in midfield, especially in big games, Bissouma would be an improvement with his ability on the ball while also being able to do everything Sissoko does off it.
It’s clear as day he’d improve the likes of Arsenal too, who are severely lacking in quality players at the club beyond Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey and Kieran Tierney at a push.
Bissouma is 24 years old and has proven that he is good enough to play in the Premier League. With Brighton struggling to compete at this level, Bissouma could do much worse than move on from the Seagulls and the ‘big six’ could do a lot worse than look at him to improve their squads.