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Ismaila Sarr could be Tottenham’s perfect alternative to Anthony Martial

Ismaila Sarr could be Tottenham’s perfect alternative to Anthony Martial

Tottenham Hotspur are yet to make their first move into the transfer market this summer, despite reports which consistently link them to a whole host of talented players, including Anthony Martial. 

With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen seemingly on their way out of the club this summer, the door is open for a new striker to enter the club to support Kane. But after watching both Llorente and Janssen struggle to play the role of Kane’s understudy, Pochettino will presumably change his tactic in the transfer market.

The shift, of course, will see Tottenham target a versatile attacking player rather than one who is uncomfortable playing in a wider or deeper position, such as Llorente and Janssen.

With that to consider, Pochettino should consider a whole host of players who are comfortable in playing in a multitude of attacking roles, including one of the brightest talents in Ligue 1, namely Ismaila Sarr.

The Senegalese forward is a left-winger by trade, but he has played on the right-wing and at centre-forward to equal effect during his career in Ligue 1 with both FC Metz and Stade Rennais.

When Sarr is in full flow he can be seen storming down the pitch with the ball at his feet in a gazelle-like manner which is synonymous of the style expressed by Manchester City’s Leroy Sane.

Just when Sarr tempts the defender to lunge in to retrieve possession, the 20-year-old talent sticks his long leg out to stride past his opposite number with conviction, purpose and style.

Sarr is an incredibly difficult talent to get hold of when he builds up ahead of steam, so there’s no doubt his direct approach would hold him in good stead to succeed at Spurs.

A return of 5 goals and 5 assists from 24 appearances last season for a mid-table French side is a record which suggests Sarr could be destined for a bright future in the game, but he still has plenty of improving to do on his decision-making in the final-third.

Pochettino may be forced to search elsewhere in his hunt for a new attacking player this summer with Martial expected to command an extortionate transfer fee and, based on his performances at club level and with Senegal during the World Cup, there’s no doubt that Sarr should be at the top of his shortlist.

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