‘Very early version’ – Alasdair Gold is excited by how good Spurs 21-year-old could become

Alasdair Gold has lavished praise on Pape Matar Sarr and admitted that he is excited to see the kind of player the midfielder will develop into over the next three or four years.

Tottenham desperately missed Rodrigo Bentancur during the final few months of last campaign and there was understandably some fear among Spurs fans about how the side would cope without the Uruguayan at the start of this season.

However, Sarr has stepped up to the plate and delivered some outstanding displays this season alongside Yves Bissouma in midfield, showcasing maturity beyond his years.

The 21-year-old, who hardly got a look in under Antonio Conte last season, has now become an important cog in Ange Posteocglou’s side, so much so that it remains to be seen whether Bentancur will walk back into the side when he reaches full fitness.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 24, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Just how good can Pape Matar Sarr become?

Gold admitted that he is particularly excited by the fact that the former Metz man is nowhere near his ceiling as a player.

The journalist said on his YouTube channel following Tottenham’s win over Fulham: “Pape Matar Sarr, mentioned him very briefly earlier, just belies his age with every single match.”

He added: “He’s very tactically aware, he’s very intelligent on the ball and off the ball, and the most exciting thing with him is this isn’t the Pape we’ll be seeing in four or five years’ time, this is the early version.”

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Sarr’s energy and ability to eat up ground is of huge benefit to Spurs off the ball as it ensures that we are not exposed defensively when we lose possession. Having him and Bissouma in the middle of the park is almost like playing with an extra man in midfield.

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