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Tottenham Hotspur: Alasdair Gold expects Spurs to keep Pape Matar Sarr this month

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Pape Matar Sarr is believed to have been informed by Antonio Conte that he will not be leaving north London this month.

What’s the latest?

There has been a belief that Sarr, alongside Bryan Gil, could be set to leave Spurs over the course of January for a potential loan move in search of some regular football.

However, the Senegalese midfielder has now made appearances in Tottenham’s last two Premier League outings against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

Sarr came on for just 10 minutes in the home defeat against Villa on the weekend, but the 20-year-old was trusted with a further 24 minutes in Spurs’ emphatic victory at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night.

And on the back of his impressive cameo displays in the top flight, Gold believes Conte will have told the player to forget about a loan move away from N17:

(48:50) “It sounds like he’s been told he’ll be there for the rest of the season bearing in mind what Conte said. Obviously ever-improving English as well. He looks really in the group.

“I think I noticed in the third goal, he leapt on top of the Spurs players and the celebrations [he] came out of nowhere and ended up on top of them all. So clearly feels enough of part of the group to do that,” he said on the Gold & Guest Talk Tottenham podcast.

Seizing the opportunity

Sarr joined Spurs last season, however, at such a young age, the midfielder was immediately returned to Metz on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

And he was able to get a lot more first-team action under his belt with the Ligue 1 side than he may have done with Spurs after making 33 appearances in the league (via Transfermarkt).

Sarr will have required a lot of patience this season with the 10-minute cameo on the weekend his first appearance under Conte this season.

However, he has seemingly seized an opportunity with Rodrigo Bentancur out through an ongoing injury issue and with Yves Bissouma suspended for the game against Palace on Wednesday.

“Today also Bissouma was banned for one game. Rodrigo is injured, also in midfield we were in a bit of trouble. Instead, good answer from Skippy and a good answer from Pape Sarr,” Conte said after the game.

The 20-year-old only played for 24 minutes against the Eagles, however, in that brief cameo, he managed to complete more tackles (2) than Oliver Skipp (1) who he replaced after 66 minutes (via SofaScore).

And it seems as if it is not just Conte’s eye who Sarr caught on Wednesday night with journalist Ryan Taylor hailing the youngster as “monstrous”.

With Spurs’ issues through injury and an underwhelming start to Bissouma’s career in N17, we think it is essential Conte keeps hold of Sarr with the Senegalese ace showing a lot of potential over the last few days.