Pape Matar Sarr signed for Tottenham Hotspur in August 2021, in a deal which was worth around €20m for Metz.
The 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 club to continue his development for another season, in the hope that it would help get him ready for life with Spurs in the Premier League.
So far this season, the youngster has made 25 appearances and found the back of the net once. During the last campaign he played around the same number of games in total, and scored four goals.
Given he’s been playing a variety of midfield roles, including as a more attacking option, there’s some disappointment that he’s not contributed more.
Sunday’s edition of L’Equipe named him part of what was dubbed ‘the harmless gang’, three Metz players who aren’t providing enough trouble for the competition.
Metz manager Frédéric Antonetti wants the Tottenham owned player to “take responsibility a little more”. There’s a feeling things have gone too quickly for him, and seen his situation ‘destabilised’.
Following the deal with Tottenham, Pape Matar Sarr has ‘never been able to confirm his box-to-box qualities and technical finesse which dazzled last season’.
More is expected, and it’s soon time for Spurs to decide whether they feel this summer is the right one for the youngster to physically arrive at Tottenham, or whether another loan would be beneficial.