Pape Matar Sarr will be available for Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace, according to Ange Postecoglou.
Spurs play their opponents first this week and have the opportunity to open up a five-point lead at the top. They can utilise all the aid they can get in terms of player availability and injury to accomplish this.
Sarr and Destiny Udogie were both withdrawn early into the second half in the 2-0 win against Fulham on Monday night. Postecoglou confirmed after the game that the Senegal international only suffered fatigue.
He also said that Udogie felt a bit tired at half-time. And that is understandable, given the two players had a busy international break with their respective national teams. Now, the Australian-Greek manager has offered a fresh update on the duo.
Big role for both youngsters
He stated at his most recent pre-match press conference, according to Football.London:
“Pape is fine; he kind of recovered 24 hours after the game.” We’re still evaluating Destiny. Everyone else has fared well.”
Both of these guys did not play a significant role in Antonio Conte and Cristian Stellini’s setup here. Sarr was frequently used as a replacement, and only on rare occasions, when Udogie was on loan at Udinese previous season.
Under Postecoglou, they have taken centre stage. Sarr, 21, has played 641 minutes in 10 games across competitions this season, scoring and assisting a goal each. He seems comfortable with the ball at his feet and is putting in a good shift when out of possession.
Udogie, 20, has become our first-choice left-back, outmuscling the likes of Ben Davies and Ivan Perisic for the role. It is clear that Postecoglou likes him, and the attack-minded Italian is an asset going forward.
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He has played 733 minutes in nine games across competitions this season, showing his importance in Tottenham’s starting XI. Let’s hope he is fit to face the Eagles but we should make sure that we don’t risk him needlessly.