Football fans from all over the world remember Watford’s famous 3-0 win over Liverpool to end their unbeaten run in the Premier League on 29th February,2020. After spending a season in the Championship, Watford are back in England’s top flight and so is Ismaila Sarr, the hero of that famous win.
Watford currently sit in 11th with two wins from five matches. They will go into the next matchday on the back of an away victory against Norwich City and Sarr has picked up from right where he left it last time. He has been the driving force behind Munoz’s men and has scored three goals this campaign already.
He had been linked with a move away from Vicarage Road this transfer window but somehow the Hornets have managed to keep their trump card – at least till January. Last Saturday, Sarr proved to everyone why he has been a hot prospect in the transfer window with a brilliant performance at Carrow Road where his brace ripped the Norwich City defence apart.
We look at some of his stats from the match.
He had five shots throughout the match, four times inside the box. His first shot was comfortably saved by Tim Krul but shortly after he turned in a cross from Josh King into the back of the net. Sarr could have even had a hat-trick but Krul managed to get a hand out on his shot and deny him. Nonetheless, his positioning and running off the ball was amazing. With a brace, he clearly overperformed his xG of 1.07.
Predominantly a right-winger, the 23-year-old Senegalese spent most of his time on the right-wing in the Norwich half on Saturday. Sarr, who can play as a centre-forward, occasionally drifted towards the left at times and made runs inside the box frequently through the centre linking up with Tom Cleverley or Kiko Femenia and even when Joshua King drifted wide into the channels resulting in his first goal from King’s assist.
Sarr played 33 passes with an accuracy of 84.85%, with most of his passes near the right-wing in the attacking third trying to link up and create chances, also attempting the most dribbles(8). He played three through balls into the box and also sometimes dropped down in defence to provide an extra cover at right-back.
Watford have only scored in two matches and Sarr has been on the score sheet on both occasions. He has been their biggest attacking threat and the Hornets need him to perform consistently well for a mid-table finish.
If Ismaila Sarr continues to perform like this he might as well seal a transfer to a bigger English club next summer and establish himself as one of the best inside forwards in this league like his fellow countryman- Sadio Mane.