Pape Matar Sarr – A Key Piece to the Spurs Puzzle

You wouldn’t think when the young midfielder sat on the bench for the majority of last season, that he would start every game he was available in this season. The young Senegalese midfielder signed from first-division French side Metz in the 21/22 season and struggled to make impressions on either Antonio Conte or Christian Stellini in his first year at the club. Only played considerable game time in Spurs’ injury crisis last season notably impressing Spurs fans at the San Siro in a 0-0 draw. However, this was not enough to win over Antonio Conte.

Sarr started just 2 games in the Premier League last season and only featured for 201 minutes all season. He also featured in Senegal’s World Cup run last December, registering 13 minutes in England’s comfortable 3-0 victory over the side in the round of 16. So how is he so key this season?

Sarr has a 73% win rate at Spurs this season when he has played 60+ minutes (W11, D1, L3) and you could put that down to Spurs having a fully fit 11, having James Maddison and Micky Van de Ven available for them game weeks would almost definitely affect Tottenhams poor form. The midfielder was out of action between November 11th (vs Wolves) and December 7th (vs West Ham) where he featured for just 6 minutes. It’s normal for football fans to mention Madderson’s and Van de Ven’s absences, however not many look at Sarr. 

In the short period without Sarr starting spurs failed to win, losing to both Aston Villa and West Ham 2-1 and drawing 3-3 to Manchester City at the Etihad. The midfield looked pretty loose in all 3 games as it was extremely makeshift, with no Bissouma or defensive outlet against City or Villa, and Bentancur making his return for just 37 minutes against Aston Villa a few weeks back.

The midfielder is tireless and works hard to support the defensive unit, however, he has chipped in this season with a goal in front of the south stand against Manchester United on Matchday 2 and more recently a goal against…


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Publish date : 2024-02-13 14:00:00

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