Tottenham Hotspur has sent eleven players to the World Cup in Qatar, so its supporters will have enough to keep an eye on.
This is a larger number than Arsenal, Liverpool, or Newcastle and demonstrates the strength of Antonio Conte’s current roster.
For Conte’s sake, I hope Harry Kane and Eric Dier make it back to north London without getting hurt or too tired.
It’s possible that many Spurs players won’t return to the training ground until just before the season begins, since many of them are playing for some of the tournament’s favourite teams.
This may provide an opening for the team’s benchwarmers in their return-to-action contests.
Pape Matar Sarr is one participant in the competition who will be trying to make a good impression on Conte.
Senegal has called up the 20-year-old after he helped the Lions of Teranga win the African Cup of Nations in the previous campaign.
This might be Sarr’s first senior football action of the season, since he has not been selected by Antonio Conte this year at Spurs.
The young, promising midfielder now gets his chance to prove himself to his coach on the largest stage.
The 20-year-old has been on the bench 11 times but has not played a single minute of football this season.
The centre midfielders for Senegal often take a backseat as the wingers charge forward.
Sarr should find it rather normal to join attacks, which is what Conte values most in his wing back.
The Italian manager would have another reliable option in the middle of the field if Sarr performed well at the World Cup.
Given his recent decision, albeit out of necessity, to play with three midfielders, Sarr might provide an option.
The 20-year-old will undoubtedly be eager to play in actual games for the first time.
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