Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has talked up two young stars he hopes can eventually make an impact on his first team.
Daniel Levy has put a greater emphasis on trying to bring through younger players, especially via the club’s academy, as that will put less pressure on the club to spend big money during transfer windows.
The likes of Oliver Skipp, Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott have all emerged in recent seasons.
Striker Jamie Donley and midfield creator Alfie Devine are others who are impressing behind the scenes. However, Conte talked up Pape Matar Sarr and Harvey White ahead of Sunday’s clash with Everton.
Speaking to the media ahead of the game with the Toffees, Conte claims Senegalese prodigy Sarr is ‘really important’ alongside White.
The Italian said: “I have great respect for all my players and I think this respect, they feel this respect because in every training session my attention is the same for every single player, for Harry Kane but also if the player is [Harvey] White or Pape Sarr.
“We are talking about two really important prospects.”
The 20-year-old is still yet to feature for Spurs’ first team and was sent out on loan to Metz last season.
However, it appears, from Conte’s message, that Sarr will be given his chance fairly soon. Indeed, the youngster could get his opportunity in the EFL Cup clash with Nottingham Forest next month.
Despite his lack of game time, Sarr is already building a strong reputation for himself. Indeed, reporter Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Athletic called him ‘one of the most exciting young midfielders in Europe’.
The youngster could end up costing Spurs £25.5 million if all his add-ons are met, with Tottenham landing the player from Metz back in 2021.
White pushing hard for first-team chance
As for White, the England Under-18 midfielder has made two appearances for the senior team. His first start for the club came in a 5-0 FA Cup win at Marine back in January 2021.
Both players were on the bench for the 3-2 Champions League win over Eintracht Frankfurt in midweek. However, only one is likely to feature as a substitute for the clash with Everton on Saturday evening.
Conte could be without former Toffees frontman Richarlison for the game as the striker struggles with a knock.
That could tempt the Tottenham boss to revert to the three-man midfield he used at Brighton.
If that’s the case, it will give Yves Bissouma another chance to try and make an impression. It also means Harry Kane and Son Heung-min playing as a front two.
The alternative would be to bring in Lucas Moura, if Richarlison is not fit to start. However, the Brazilian is only just back from weeks out through injury and it could be a risk to name him in the XI.
One player who is expected to start is Matt Doherty, with Emerson Royal still banned after his red card at Arsenal.