The return of midfield stalwarts Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr to Tottenham Hotspur has sparked discussions about the team’s midfield selection and recent performance.
Following their respective campaigns at the African Cup of Nations, Bissouma and Sarr are back in North London, much to the relief of Spurs fans. Recent results indicate the team’s need for their presence in midfield, especially after some unsteady performances.
The absence of Bissouma and Sarr has been notably felt, particularly in terms of ball-carrying, composure in the defensive third (Bissouma), and work rate coupled with a box-to-box style (Sarr). While Rodrigo Bentancur has been dependable since his return from injury, he has not completed full matches in the past few outings, leading to speculation about fitness management.
With the return of James Maddison, who is expected to start behind Richarlison, Tottenham now has ample midfield options. However, choosing the right combination becomes crucial for manager Ange Postecoglou. While Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg matches the expected work rate, his passing does not compare to that of Sarr or Bissouma.
The abundance of talent in midfield presents Postecoglou with “good” problems in selecting the starting three. Sarr and Bissouma’s contributions in ball-carrying, passing, and defensive solidity have been instrumental in Tottenham’s success earlier in the season.
Tottenham’s recent struggles in defending set-pieces and conceding late goals highlight the need for more security in front of the defensive line, indicating a focus on set-piece defense in training.
With Maddison likely to start, the question remains: will Bissouma and Sarr be match-ready for the upcoming fixture against Brighton? As Tottenham seeks to address defensive vulnerabilities and maintain midfield balance, the return of Sarr and Bissouma adds an intriguing dynamic to the team selection process.