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Is Liverpool and Arsenal target Yves Bissouma the complete Premier League midfielder?

With bone-crunching challenges, a large passing repertoire and seemingly endless levels of fitness, it comes as no surprise that the Premier League’s big guns are eyeing up Brighton‘s Yves Bissouma. 

The midfielder has gone from strength to strength since his arrival in the Premier League in July 2018, and now sees his name linked with the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal as a result.

But why is the 24-year-old so effective, and can he really cut it against the best? Ahead of Brighton taking on Manchester City and Bissouma doing battle with Fernandinho, Rodri and Co, Sportsmail took a closer look at the Malian maestro.

Aged just 24, Brighton’s Yves Bissouma is one of the hottest prospects in the Premier League

No-nonsense

It’s often seen as archaic or a dated approach to football if a player is regarded as ‘no-nonsense.’ 

Connotations of Vinnie Jones and Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock are drawn; old-school tacklers who thudded into challenges with blood-curdling outcomes.

To regard Bissouma in such a manner would be wide of the mark, but the 24-year-old is very much no-nonsense in the way he extracts possession from his opponents and gets his side on the front foot.

It is exactly why…