Alasdair Gold thinks Pape Matar Sarr does not get the accolades he deserves, predicting that the midfielder would be talked about in more glowing terms if he was playing for Manchester City or Arsenal.

The biggest compliment that one can give to Sarr is that Tottenham have hardly felt the absence of Rodrigo Bentancur so far this season, even though the Uruguayan was arguably Spurs’ most consistent performer before his ACL injury.

The 21-year-old has formed a formidable partnership in the middle of the park with Yves Bissouma, relentlessly running and pressing the opposition whenever Spurs lose the ball and also proving quite tidy in possession.

What is perhaps most surprising about the Senegal international is the tactical maturity that he is showing at such a young age, with many Tottenham fans hopeful that he will evolve into a world-class player as he gets more experience under his belt.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 6: Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham Hotspur hangs onto the net during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Shakhtar Donetsk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 6, 2023 in England. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Does Pape Matar Sarr get the credit he deserves?

Gold admitted that he is quite shocked Sarr is not heralded more in the media, given how well he is performing for the Premier League leaders at the moment.

The journalist said on the Gold & Guest talk Tottenham podcast about the midfielder: “He’s just 21, that’s what I just find so ridiculous about him as well.

“And I do wonder if he was playing for a [Manchester] City, Arsenal, even maybe Man United, just one of these clubs that are slightly more heralded than Spurs are right now.

“Or even let’s say a Brighton because of the talent they’ve produced, do you think everyone would be raving about him? I kind of think they would. He’s almost gone under the radar at Spurs.”

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I believe that one of the main reasons that Sarr has gone under the radar is because several Tottenham players have been in top form this season. 

The likes of Maddison, Bissouma, Son, Udogie, Van de Ven and Vicario have all caught the eye, which is why the contributions of a functional player like Sarr, who does not necessarily have a lot of flair, is being overlooked.

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