What Pape Matar Sarr did vs PSG to prove Fabio Paratici’s Tottenham transfer masterstroke

Plenty of Tottenham fans will be counting down the days until Pape Matar Sarr arrives at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Making a name for himself in France after becoming a regular in the Metz team in 2020/21, Spurs managing director of football Fabio Paratici wasted no time at all by clinching a deal for the 19-year-old last month.

Keen to get in there ahead of Europe’s biggest clubs given his rising popularity, the Senegal international penned a six-year contract in north London in a deal worth £14.6million before returning to Metz on a season-long loan deal.

Clearly planning for the future as well as the here and now during the summer market, Paratici labelled the talented midfielder as a “great investment” for Spurs.

“I think Pape is one of the most talented in Europe,” he told the club’s official website.

“Our job is not to look just at tomorrow, but maybe also past tomorrow or next year. I think we made a great signing. In all of Europe they speak about this, a lot of teams were interested, a lot of teams were there to sign (him), so we made a very good signing.

“He needs experience, he needs to play games, to stay in one team and play regularly – a great investment for the club, and a great vision for the future.”

Despite Metz currently propping up the Ligue 1 table in the opening weeks of the season, Sarr has impressed in a variety of different midfield roles ranging from attacking midfield to playing out on the left.

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Pape Matar Sarr was in top form in Metz's late defeat against PSG
Pape Matar Sarr was in top form in Metz’s late defeat against PSG

Once again named in the Metz midfield on Wednesday night for their game against league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, Sarr played in a slightly deeper role than he has done in recent weeks given the talent in Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Coming up against Georginio Wijnaldum, Rafinha and Danilo Pereira in midfield, Sarr didn’t look out of place one bit and instead rose to the occasion and subsequently caught the eye.

On a night when a player of his age could have struggled up against more experienced opposition, the youngster took everything in his stride and showed why he is rated so highly in the game.

Always neat and tidy on the ball when in possession, Sarr looked to get the ball forward with some adventurous passing at times rather than opting to play it simple as Metz tried to cause PSG big problems in the final third.

He even attempted a rather ambitious effort from 35 yards that proved to be no trouble at all for Keylor Navas as the ball sailed way over the crossbar.

Metz’s No.15 showcased his incredible energy levels in the match as he never stepped running, continued to press his opponents and got back time and time again to help the backline deal with the threat of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

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Sarr in fact dispossessed the former in the second half on one occasion just as the French international looked to break forward after the hosts had lost possession.

It really was a fine box-to-box midfield display from the Tottenham man and one that certainly didn’t deserve to be on the losing side following their late 2-1 defeat in stoppage time.

His stats were also impressive as he completed 12 recoveries on the night, won four out of his seven duels and completed 30 of his 39 passes – no mean feat against a dominant PSG side.

Tottenham fans were purring over his performance but they will have to wait until next season until he returns to the capital and takes his place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.

Already boasting some excellent midfield options as things stand, Sarr can give the team a further boost in the middle of the park upon his arrival going on his display against PSG.

Paratici was certainly right when he stated that Sarr is “one of the most talented in Europe” right now.

Although he won’t be a Tottenham player until 2022, he may in fact turn out to be the Lilywhites’ best bit of business in the 2021 summer transfer market after all.

Source by Football London

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