He told DH: “When players arrive at a club where I'm at, normally, it's because I want them.
"I've known Youri for a while. I was already following him at Anderlecht where he was playing well. I appreciated what he could bring offensively, his ability to score and his profile in transition.
"When I got him, I immediately wanted to put him in the best circumstances, meaning in a midfield three where he didn't have to do certain defensive duties.
"I put a base (Ndidi) in the team to add stability to the team and asked (James) Maddison to work a bit harder and play in a piston with Youri."
Puel continued: "Youri is a great professional, very mature for his young age.
"He's also very intelligent, with a technique that allows him to play under pressure, so he has interesting qualities, regardless of the league he plays in."