Although it has only been a handful of minutes, Pape Matar Sarr looks like a future star in the Tottenham Hotspur midfield.
We do not want to get ahead of ourselves here. However, after a 30-minute runabout against Crystal Palace midweek and then a man-of-the-match type performance against Portsmouth, it is difficult not to be excited about Pape Matar Sarr as a Tottenham fan. Sarr may be the youngest regular first-team player for Spurs, but he does not play that way.
Sarr was flashing at the World Cup for Senegal and has not stopped
Despite not getting minutes at Tottenham before the tournament, Sarr would always be a part of the Senegal team as one of their brighter future stars. Pape did not get a lot of minutes at the World Cup, but he did make two appearances, including 45 minutes against England in Senegal’s final match.
Sarr was active in the game, showing a range of passing and managing several shots. Although Senegal was eliminated, Sarr popped enough to catch some eyes.
Rather than taking a holiday after the World Cup, Sarr saw an opportunity and returned to N17 to train with Antonio Conte and the team. Pape was back and participated enough to play in the second half of Spurs’ second friendly against Nice, where Sarr showed he could handle the physicality of the French opposition.
Pape popped in the final 30 minutes for Tottenham in the league
After Oliver Skipp did nothing to solidify his position in the midfield rotation against Palace, Sarr came on and shined. Demonstrating an ability to move all around the pitch with his long strides, Sarr completed 18 of 19 passes in his 24 minutes and earned the start against Pompey in the FA Cup. Remember that Skipp was the late add after Bissouma pulled out during warm-ups.
Against Portsmouth, Sarr was outstanding, serving as a critical cog in the linkup between the defense and the Tottenham attack. Sarr showed comfort on the ball, under pressure, and with both feet. He hit several long passes and showed that defenses would have to be alert for anything when he has the ball.
His ball recovery skills were even more impressive than his 85 of 94 passes, completing five successful tackles and adding three interceptions. The space that Sarr can cover as he glides across the pitch is impressive, and he looks exactly like the kind of midfielder that Conte loves.
It is still too early to anoint Sarr anything yet, but the 20-year-old midfielder ticks all the boxes and is someone for Spurs fans to be excited about.