Two Tottenham players named on ESPN list of the top young stars in world football

Both Pape Sarr and Destiny Udogie have been named in ESPN’s list of the top 39 young players in world football, with the Tottenham Hotspur duo outranking the likes of Kobbie Mainoo and Evan Ferguson.

Spurs have always had an eye for bringing in top young talent over the years, and that is not about to change any time soon.

The success of both Pape Sarr and Destiny Udogie at integrating into Ange Postecoglou‘s squad this year has been remarkable, with the pair shining in the Australian’s system.

Funnily enough, both players signed for Spurs but then spent a further year on loan with their previous clubs before joining up with the Lilywhites. That extra time seemingly aided their development, as they have not looked out of place jumping into the Premier League.

Destiny Udogie
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Sarr and Udogie are two of the world’s best young players

They have been so good, in fact, that they have both been named among ESPN’s top 39 prospects in football, with Sarr coming in at number 26, and Udogie arriving at number 21.

On Sarr, ESPN wrote: “A disciplined, multifunctional, box-to-box midfielder with a commendable attitude, Sarr has a strong work rate and his spatial awareness and sheer dynamism often result in him being near the ball.

“His stamina is also extremely useful for Postecoglou’s press as he quickly gets back into the team shape and closes the necessary gaps.

“Sarr is comfortable on the ball but usually chooses to pick out his more creative teammates quickly, instead of trying something himself (he has made 6.3 passes into the final third per 90 minutes at an 80% success rate this season).”

On Udogie, the site wrote: “Despite being tall for a full-back, Udogie’s size by no means compromises his movement, speed or desire to get forward at any opportunity.

“Every bit a modern full-back, the 21-year-old is extremely active from his role on the left, having the stamina, power and determination to cover the entirety of the flank, where he times his overlaps well and links in intelligently with his teammates.

“For all his willingness to attack, he is also an accomplished defender and his ability to quickly enter pressing mode after the team loses possession is priceless to Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou’s high-energy, aggressive brand of football. Udogie’s sheer enthusiasm for the game is contagious, too.”

Spurs Web Opinion

We’ve got two absolute gems in Udogie and Sarr, and the way they have so quickly settled into the Premier League and become first-team regulars under Postecoglou is so impressive. There’s no doubt they will go to the very top, and I just hope they do that with Spurs.

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