Ange Postecoglou has opened up on a chat with Yves Bissouma that ultimately helped turn his Tottenham career around.
Bissouma joined the club from Brighton for £25million last summer, but endured a turbulent time under former boss Antonio Conte.
Conte publicly explained the Mali international’s difficulties since moving to north London.
“The only player that is struggling a bit with the tactical aspect is Bissouma, but also he is improving a lot in every aspect,” Conte said last season.
The 27-year-old made 28 appearances in all competitions under the Italian and then missed 12 games towards the end of the campaign due to an ankle injury.
However, Postecoglou’s arrival in the summer has breathed fresh life into Bissouma’s career.
The midfielder has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season, helping inspire Spurs to second place after four matches.
Postecoglou, who was speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, has revealed how he worked his magic on Bissouma in pre-season.
“I don’t know whether I have done anything specific with him,” the Aussie told White and Jordan.
“With all the players, it is about creating an environment, sometimes when you have had a disappointing season, you can blame the manager in the past.
“Ultimately, I said to all the players, it is about them now, you never start with a clean slate, but you can start with an opportunity to take hold of your career.
“Show me what you can do, and be the best you can be. I was lucky because Biss [Bissouma] was here from the first day I arrived.
“Many of the boys were playing international football, and I kind of grabbed him. The way he was training… at the time, the first three or four sessions, we mainly had young guys.
“I said ‘you can be a leader in this group’. I already knew of his ability, and the way he was training, I could see he got a lift with that.
“He was late the next morning, and I said ‘to be a leader means to be on time’, and he has been good since then.
“So, there is always lessons to be learned, but I think with him and all the other players, it is about creating an environment and framework to say, ‘well you should not have any excuses’.
“I am not going to allow you to have any excuses, and not be the best you can be.
“In that context, the rest is up to them.”
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