Alasdair Gold says European clubs saw Spurs 2021 signing as a ‘real coup’

Alasdair Gold has praised Pape Matar Sarr for his impact this season, revealing that many clubs across the continent saw Tottenham’s acquisition of the player from Metz back in 2021 as a fantastic coup.

There has been a lot said and written about the impact that new signings, James Maddison, Micky van de Ven and Guglielmo Vicario have had at Tottenham and how the trio, along with Destiny Udogie, have settled in seamlessly into the new environment in N17.

In addition, many column inches have also been dedicated to Yves Bissouma’s transformation from last season and Son Heung-min’s emergence as a leader.

Amidst all this, Sarr’s displays have gone under the radar, with the 21-year-old, who hardly got a look in under Antonio Conte last season, making himself a fixture in Ange Postecoglou’s midfield.

The Senegalese international’s ability to eat up ground has been a potent weapon for the Lilywhites off the ball while the youngster has also been quite tidy in possession.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Pape Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 16, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Has Pape Matar Sarr gone under the radar for Spurs?

Speaking about Sarr’s impact, Gold has now said on the Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham podcast: “It just struck me that I don’t think people outside Spurs realise how good he (Sarr) is.

“I think he’s well respected on the continent, it was seen as a real coup that Spurs managed to get him in the first place from Metz.

“It’s almost like now, everyone’s drawn to the names and they’re ignoring the fact that this 21-year-old is running games at times from the midfield. I mean, he had more touches than any other midfielder on the pitch on Friday.”

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One of the reasons that Sarr’s contribution gets discounted is that he does not do anything flashy on the ball, especially compared to his midfield partners Bissouma and Maddison.

However, it is the 21-year-old’s engine and tenacity that enables the likes of Maddison to play with freedom as the youngster ensures that we are not as susceptible to counter-attacks when we lose the ball.

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