Tottenham Hotspur could have probably done with his huge potential and impressive qualities this campaign, but young summer signing Pape Matar Sarr is continuing his encouraging development at Metz.
So far campaign, the versatile 19-year-old midfielder has been utilised in an attacking role, out wide on the left flank and as an anchorman.
Sarr came up against Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain side just a few weeks ago and he did not look out-of-place despite coming up against some big names, including Gigi Wijnaldum, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
As per SofaScore, the teenage gem registered a squad-high 54 touches and made 77% of his 39 passing attempts. Sarr also made three tackles, without committing a single foul, showing maturity and composure way beyond his years.
The Metz loanee showed glimpses of his future ability right before the international break and even though they were defeated narrowly by Angers SCO, there was plenty to be excited about.
This time, against a team of lower quality than PSG, Sarr was able to assert his dominance even more as he made four tackles (without a foul again), registered 64 touches, made 88% of his passes and won nearly 64% of his midfield battles, via SofaScore.
He is one of the highest-rated youngsters in Europe right now and Spurs are certainly being shown what they’re missing before he makes his move to England next season.
According to Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Sarr is in the mould of a certain World Cup and Nations League winner.
“I am told this guy is really more than an interesting talent. He has real potential, [he’s a] fantastic talent,” he told his YouTube channel last month. “One of my sources told me he could become one style of [Paul] Pogba player. He has style, he has potential, he has skills, so we will see what happens with this guy.”
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, the 19-year-old dynamo is averaging 1.2 key passes and 1.9 dribbles every 90 minutes in Ligue 1 this term, which provides some insight into why that lofty praise could come to fruition in the future.
Spurs may have to wait until the summer to see their man in action, but Nuno could well have his own Pogba-like beast in the 6 foot 1 Senegalese international.
This kind of prodigy should leave many around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium brimming with excitement as the club looks to have a more forward-thinking approach to their transfer dealings with Italian supremo Fabio Paratici at the helm.
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