View: Pape Matar Sarr must use World Cup chance to stake Tottenham Hotspur claim
It’s been a stop-start career for Pape Matar Sarr at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the 20-year-old yet to make an appearance for Antonio Conte’s side this season.
The midfielder spent last season on loan at FC Metz before returning to North London for the 2022/23 season. Spurs have an array of midfield options at their disposal this season which has meant Sarr has had to spend all of the campaign in the periphery or on the bench.
However, Sarr has been called up to the Senegal squad for the World Cup in Qatar having previously made 10 appearances for the national side. He has yet to get on the pitch for the African champions in Qatar, but his inclusion in the squad should be a wake-up for those involved with Spurs that they do have a player on their hands.
Conte should certainly be looking to integrate Sarr into Spurs’ upcoming FA Cup campaign, with the early stages of the competition the ideal environment for a player like Sarr to get some minutes with the first team.
Keeping him at the club but starving him of opportunities is going to hamper his development massively, and at 20, he has to be playing first-team football as much as possible over the coming seasons.
From Sarr’s perspective, he must ensure he keeps training hard with Conte’s first team and when he’s given the chance, he must grab it with both hands.
It would be refreshing for the 20-year-old to be given a first-team chance when the World Cup does conclude in December.
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