Bissouma: Potter is a father figure to me

Malian midfielder says head coach has restored his confidence.

By Charlie Hanson • 14 May 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma has only missed two Premier League matches for Albion this season.

Yves Bissouma has said that Graham Potter's influence has helped him enjoy his best season in an Albion shirt.

The midfielder has been one of the first names on the team sheet throughout the campaign, and puts that down to the work his head coach has put in to improve him.

“Graham [Potter] is like my father. He's the one who has done all that work, who has given me confidence again. He showed me how he wanted me to be so that I could be a part of his team,” said Bissouma.


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Bissouma's Journey

“I worked on how to help the team and do my best. It was a bit tough at first but with time they got to understand me, they saw my weaknesses. We’ve tried to correct them together, both on and off the pitch and I am happy.”

Being surrounded by experienced players such as Adam Lallana – who has won the Premier League and Champions League – and captain Lewis Dunk also helps.

“We can learn a lot of lessons from them because they’re very professional people. They work hard, they’re meticulous in their work and they’re veterans,” added Bissouma. “When those people talk you have to listen because they’re more experienced.

“They try to guide us young players and help us as best they can so that we’re all on the same path. They are role models who command respect because they’ve proven themselves.”