GRAHAM POTTER admits Yves Bissouma has given him a “nice problem” ahead of Sheffield United’s visit and the busy run of games over Christmas.

The Mali international came in for the suspended Dale Stephens in Monday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and impressed in midfield alongside Davy Propper.

Albion head coach Potter is likely to recall Stephens, who had started every game up until his one-match ban for five cautions, but Bissouma looks set to soon add to his three starts this campaign after his most recent outing.

Asked if Bissouma’s display had given him a selection headache, Potter said: “I wouldn’t say it’s a headache as, believe me, it is a nice problem to have.

“You want as many good players as possible to be able to make your decisions.

“We have got a lot of games coming up so I think everyone is going to get time to play.

“Yves did well against Palace but I thought he tired towards the end of the game, which was understandable, and we shall have to use him wisely over the next week or so in terms of how much game time he can have.

“But I was happy for him because he has had to be patient after he missed all pre-season with his injury.

“He has had to wait his chance and he did well in the game.”

Potter admits Bissouma has faced a fight to get a spot in the XI after summer surgery but believes he is getting up to speed at a vital time.

He said: “I have seen an improvement (in him).

“For Biss it is about being more comfortable in the group.

“He missed a lot of time in pre-season and was playing catch-up a bit like Neal Maupay, but a little worse in a way because he had no football training or game-time in pre-season and then was faced with an established team that is playing regularly.

“It then becomes a question of how to fit him in and get him the game time that he needs to be competitive in the Premier League.

“He missed a bit of the tactical work too but Biss is a good player. He’s a good lad as well and we’re happy to have in the group.”