Senegal’s exit from the African Cup of Nations is a timely development for Tottenham, as key midfielder Pape Matar Sarr is poised to make a return to the club.
Senegal lost the round of 16 game on penalties to Ivory Coast. Sarr displayed great composure as he smashed home his penalty but unfortunately ended up on the losing side.
Pape Matar Sarr scores his penalty! 🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/9FFfjXJxiZ
— SpursOTM (@SpurOTM) January 29, 2024
🚨🚨 BREAKING: Pape Sarr will & Senegal have been knocked OUT of the Afcon.
— HotspurReports. (@hotspurreports) January 29, 2024
His return is particularly crucial for Spurs, given the upcoming demanding schedule of three games in ten days. The team is scheduled to face Brentford on January 31st, followed by an away match against Everton on February 3rd, and then hosting Brighton on February 10th.
The 21-year-old is currently enjoying his breakthrough season at the club under new manager Ange Postecoglou, featuring in 18 matches and starting 16.
He has two goals and two assists in the Premier League this season, including a goal in his last game for Spurs against Bournemouth before leaving for the African Cup of Nations.
Sarr has become an integral part of Postecoglou’s setup, securing a regular spot in the team alongside Yves Bissouma, ahead of players like Hojbjerg and Skipp.
His performances have earned him a new long-term contract, signed just before he left for the AFCON.
The midfielder’s return will undoubtedly provide a significant boost to Postecoglou, who is likely to pair him up with Rodrigo Bentancur in the midfield pivot until Bissouma returns.