Potter: Bissouma has ability to excel in the Champions League

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2021 6:56 - James Holland

Yves Bissouma Brighton

Brighton boss Graham Potter thinks Yves Bissouma has the right attributes to excel in the Champions League.

The midfielder has been linked with some of Europe’s top clubs, most notably Liverpool and Man Utd.

The Seagulls are understandably desperate to keep one of their star players. That won’t stop a potentially massive bid from football’s elite, however.

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Bissouma scored a fantastic goal as Brighton edged past League One Blackpool in the FA Cup.

He struck from 30 yards out to beat keeper Chris Maxwell and open the scoring.

Gary Madine equalised for Blackpool just before half time, giving the Seasiders hope they could continue their cup run.

Stephen Alzate secured the victory for Brighton in the second half through fortuitous circumstances.

Alexis Mac Allister’s shot deflected off Alzate’s back and into the net.

Speaking about Bissouma after the win, Potter told reporters: “He’s got that quality (to play in the Champions League), he’s got those attributes that you need at that level.

“It’s about him being consistent enough to do that. I think he’s made steps with that but there’s still more to do and more to come.

“It’s just nice that our players have taken a step forward, it’s nice for Yves that he’s taken a step forward. You never know anything in football these days.

“But from his perspective, I think he’s happy here, he wants to help the team, so we are quite relaxed about everything.”

Speaking about the midfielder’s goal, Potter continued: “We were getting a bit frustrated with him because he had a couple of shots before that which were scuffed along the floor.

“When he shot, I was nearly close to getting frustrated again and then you see it fly in the top corner and it’s hard to argue with that.

“He keeps telling me he’s got that quality and that ability to strike from distance. We’re happy for him, happy that he’s contributed to the game and is getting us through to the next round.”

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