Pape Sarr is today’s Tottenham Hotspur “main character” and it’s a good thing. The Senegalese midfielder scored Spurs’ opening goal in today’s 3-1 home win over Bournemouth before being subbed out in tears with a hamstring injury.
There’s good news on that front — Fabrizio Romano says that Sarr’s injury doesn’t appear to be as bad as first thought and that while there will be additional tests it looks likely that he’ll be able to travel to Cote D’Ivoire for the Africa Cup of Nations with his home country next week.
⚪️ Understand initial feelings are optimistic for Pape Matar Sarr after injury. Not expected to be something serious.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 31, 2023
More tests to follow — but Pape’s still expectef to travel for AFCON with Senegal national team. pic.twitter.com/oCPVOoiiJL
Does that mean he’s not hurt? No, but it does suggest that he’s going to be allowed to travel and that whatever recovery he needs might take place with Senegal during the tournament. That’s good news for Pape, certainly. Maybe not so good news for Spurs; the selfish desire was that Pape picked up a minor enough injury that’d it would keep him out of AFCON but so that he’d be able to play for Spurs earlier than anticipated. But that’s also a bit gauche, this is unquestionably good news.
And that news extends to Sarr’s long-term future at the club. The Athletic (£) is reporting today that Sarr has agreed a framework for a new long term contract extension at the club that will tie him down for several years and include a healthy pay raise. It’s not signed yet, but is expected to be soon.
News: Pape Matar Sarr close to signing new long term Spurs deal. https://t.co/tfYeSvfL9h— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) December 31, 2023
This comes not long after Destiny Udogie signed a long-term contract extension of his own through 2030. I would hope that would be around the scope of Sarr’s new contract as well. It’s well-earned — Sarr has been a revelation this season, an exciting young player with gobs of potential who is thriving in Ange Postecoglou’s tactics. Locking him down would be both a reward for his performances this season and also a way of making sure he’s part of Spurs’ future for a long time to come.
There’s no word on the length of the contract or the wages, but I expect that will come with the official announcement.