Pape Matar Sarr now posts five-word message on Twitter after finally making Tottenham debut
It’s been a long wait for Tottenham Hotspur fans but Pape Matar Sarr finally made his debut for the club yesterday.
The 19-year-old midfielder pulled the Lilywhite shirt on for the first time against Team K-League in the Coupang Play Series as Antonio Conte subbed him on at half-time.
Spurs ran out 6-3 winners in an entertaining pre-season friendly in South Korea and Sarr posted a five-word message on Twitter earlier today.
The Senegal international posted pictures of himself in action with the caption ‘1st game with the team’.
Sarr originally signed for Spurs from French outfit FC Metz last summer for a fee in the region of £14.6 million (Sky Sports). But the youngster was sent back to Metz on loan for the season.
He went on to gain more valuable first-team experience as he made 34 appearances for the French side, scoring once and assisting three times. But he couldn’t help Metz avoid relegation as they fell to defeat against Paris Saint-Germain on the final day of the season.
Spurs transfer guru, Fabio Paratici, was delighted when he signed the midfielder last summer. He told the club’s official website that Sarr is one of the best up-and-coming talents in Europe.
In a transfer Q&A, Paratici said: “I think Pape is one of the most talented in Europe. Our job is not to look just at tomorrow, but maybe also past tomorrow or next year. This is our job, and I think we made a great signing.”
Tottenham fans will certainly hope Paratici is right in his assessment but in terms of this season, Sarr faces an uphill battle to break into the Spurs team.
Antonio Conte has Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and new signing Yves Bissouma as options for his midfield duo.
TBR’s View: Sarr should seek a loan to an English side
As competition for a central midfield place in Conte’s side seems to be stacked out, Sarr may be best off going out on loan again this season. But it might suit him best if he was to join a Premier League or Championship side.
Playing for a year in the country may help him adapt to English football, as well as settling in a new country. He could become a big player in the future for Spurs, but he needs to gain some experience first.
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