20-year-old Tottenham man could finally impress Conte at the World Cup, he’s never played him - opinion
With so many of Spurs’ players turning out for some of the tournament’s favourites, it’s likely that plenty of them won’t arrive back at the training ground until just before the season restarts.
This could give some of the squad’s fringe players an opportunity in those first matches back.
One player who is at the tournament who will looking to impress Conte is Pape Matar Sarr.
The 20-year-old has been called up by Senegal after winning the African Cup of Nations last season with the Lions of Teranga.
It could be Sarr’s first taste of senior football this season, having yet to be picked by Antonio Conte in his time at Spurs.
The impressive young midfielder has the opportunity on the biggest platform to show his manager what he’s been missing.
Sarr could impress Conte at the World Cup
Pape Matar Sarr was expected to leave the club on loan in the summer, but ended up staying put.
Sarr has been likened to Jude Bellingham in the past, and has regularly been seen in training with the first-team.
The 20-year-old has been an unused substitute 11 times this season without playing a minute of football.
Senegal’s central midfielders tend to sit and allow the full-backs to bomb forward.
Given Conte’s preference for his wing-back to join attacks, this should come naturally to Sarr.
If Sarr could impress Conte at the World Cup, it would give the Italian another trusted option in midfield.
Given his switch to playing three midfielders at times this out of necessity, Sarr could offer a useful alternative.
The 20-year-old is likely going to be desperate to finally get some competitive minutes under his belt.
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