Pure Talent: In Fatai Abdullahi, Rivers United have a player who can be compared to Tottenham’s Yves Bissouma

There’s a lot of similarities between Rivers United midfielder Fatai Abdullahi and Yves Bissouma of Tottenham Hotspur.

Rivers United secured Abdullahi’s services from Enyimba Int’l Football Club during the last transfer window after his standout performance that helped Enyimba clinch the league title.

Yves Bissouma
Rivers United’s Midfielder Fatai Abdullahi Oluwadayo

Despite being six years younger than Bissouma, Rivers United is hopeful that Abdullahi can bring a much-needed spark to their midfield, which has been struggling this season.

Fatai Abdullahi is a pure talent who shone at Enyimba, playing a crucial role at both ends of the pitch for the Elephants last season. His presence at the base of midfield allowed Enyimba to build confidently from the back, demonstrating their commitment to playing bold, possession-oriented football under Finidi George’s management.

Yves Bissouma
Tottenham Hotspur ‘s Midfielder, Yves Bissouma.

Abdullahi’s style of play is reminiscent of the Ivory Coast-born Malian international Bissouma, combining his running and technical skills, creating an explosive combination. What’s truly remarkable is that Abdullahi is only 22 years old, showing great promise in his career.

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While Fatai hasn’t reached his full potential at Rivers United due to limited playing time, it’s clear that coach Stanley Eguma’s decisions, including benching him, have cost the team valuable points. Nonetheless, whenever Abdullahi has been given the chance, he has made the most of it, highlighting his determination and ability.

Ultimately, Rivers United made a wise decision by signing Fatai Abdullahi to bolster their midfield, primarily focusing on his ball-winning capabilities and his role in preventing counter-attacks.

Much like Bissouma, Abdullahi is a composed passer and possesses world-class awareness. His ability to sense pressure and evade opponents effectively makes him a valuable asset.

If Rivers United can provide Abdullahi with more opportunities on the field, there’s no doubt that this Nigerian talent could further develop into an outstanding player, adding steel to their midfield and contributing to the team’s success.