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'Really good prospect': Conte says Tottenham have a 19-year-old with great potential, he wasn't in squad yesterday
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'Really good prospect': Conte says Tottenham have a 19-year-old with great potential, he wasn't in squad yesterday

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte says the club has a player with great potential in Pape Matar Sarr, despite the youngster not making the squad yesterday. 

Conte spoke to the Spurs website following his side’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea and named Sarr as a great prospect

The Italian currently has a wealth of options in central midfield and it’s unlikely that the 19-year-old will break into the Spurs team anytime soon. But the Spurs boss clearly thinks Sarr has a big future ahead of him. 

Conte was discussing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s goal against the Blues yesterday and mentioned the former FC Metz midfielder. 

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Conte says Sarr has great potential  

“I’m really happy for Pierre because I push a lot for my midfielder to arrive at the edge at the box and to shoot,” Conte told Spurs Play

“I think Pierre, Rodrigo [Bentancur], Skippy [Oliver Skipp], [Yves] Bissouma and the same with Sarr. 

“He’s a young guy, but if he continues to work in this way, he’s a really good prospect.

“It was important for us also because we need goals from the midfielder.” 

Sarr made the switch from French outfit Metz last summer but headed back to France for a season-long loan. 

He went on to gain valuable first-team experience as he made 34 appearances for the French side, scoring once and assisting three times. 

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It’s unclear whether Sarr will head out on loan once again but the Senegal international did feature for Spurs during pre-season. 

Reports suggested that AC Milan had discussed signing Sarr but the talks seem to have died down in recent weeks. 

It’s clear that Conte thinks the youngster has a big future ahead of him but it may be too early for him to get into the side above the likes of Hojbjerg, Yves Bissouma, Rodrigo Bentancur and Oliver Skipp. 

For now, it may be best for the youngster to head out on loan once again and build up more first-team experience before pushing for a place in Conte’s team next season.

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