Richards: Bissouma inspires me

Young midfielder made Premier League debut against Everton.

By Charlie Hanson • 30 August 2021

By Bennett Dean
Taylor Richards came on for the final 20 minutes for his Premier League debut.

Taylor Richards said Yves Bissouma plays the role of his big brother after making his Premier League debut on Saturday.

The 20-year-old came on for the final 20 minutes of the 2-0 defeat and despite admitting to some early nerves he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“I was nervous like most people would be, but I tried to keep the ball as much as I could and to give more going forward. But this is my first game and I will learn from these moments.


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Richards realises PL dream

It's been a crazy week, you dream of playing in the Premier League. My family were here today, so thank you to the club and the manager for giving me this opportunity but now I need to work hard so I get more.

“Despite the result, because that comes first, I am happy that I got on the pitch. My mum Shani was there, she has been with me through this whole journey and she got to see me make my Premier League debut so it is a proud moment for me.”

Having someone like Bissouma around is proving to be hugely beneficial for the former Manchester City player.

By Paul Hazlewood
The Malian midfielder has impressed in the Albion midfield this season.

“I speak to Yves every day. He is such a good guy and you see it on and off the pitch, he is like a big brother to me.

“You see how he plays, he is hungry. His performances inspire me to try and go out there and do the same thing. His aggressiveness to win the ball back, his composure on the ball, he has been good to work with.”