Brighton star says Yves Bissouma is the best young talent he's played with

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Dale Stephens believes Mali star Yves Bissouma is the most talented young player he has played with.

Yves Bissouma. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Yves Bissouma. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Bissouma, 22, joined Albion from Lille for an undisclosed fee last summer and has made nine starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League this season.

He has also started in the Seagulls' four FA Cup matches this season and once in the Carabao Cup.

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Bissouma earned rave reviews from Albion fans for his performance in Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win against Derby County.

He set up Anthony Knockaert for the opener and was then unlucky to see his curling 20-yard shot come back off a post later in the half but Jurgen Locadia was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Stephens praised Bissouma's ability afterwards and feels he will go on to become a top player: "He's got bundles of ability. He's still a young boy and is still learning but I'm sure he'll be a massive asset for this football club.

"He showed in glimpses (against Derby) what he's about and he's probably got the most ability in a young boy that I've played with.

"He's got the ability of perhaps a winger playing in central midfield with the way he can go past players. His feet are incredible and I'm sure he's going to get better and better.

"He's got everything you need to be a top player. It's all about getting experience and minutes and I'm sure he'll get that here."

Stephens added Bissouma will only get better the more he plays and said: "A lot of the older players will have an influence on him and I'm sure the manager will speak to him about decision-making. As a young boy, it's not at its best at the moment but he'll learn that by playing more games and I'm sure he'll become a top player."