Aston Villa could land a potential game-changer for Dean Smith by signing Watford star Ismaila Sarr this summer.
The Senegal international has been touted with a move to the Midlands by former Villa ace Lee Hendrie, who said: “I think he’s a fabulous player, I really do. He’s a young man still learning his trade, very raw. I was a bit disappointed with him this season, at the start of the season.
“Yes, he’s a player that certainly brings that element of attack and forward threat. He’d certainly fit the bill for Dean Smith’s side because that’s the sort of formation he plays with, a sort of three with two wide men. So, yeah, he’d be a great addition to the football club.”
As per WhoScored, the 23-year-old’s average of 1.8 dribbles per game in the league ranks him joint-third among all players in the division, and that speed and trickery is something with which Liverpool star and international compatriot Sadio Mane is all too familiar.
Speaking back in the summer of 2019, the Reds ace said: “He’s rapid. I think defenders will struggle. Last time I was speaking to Robbo (Andy Robertson) I said, ‘Watford have a really good player. I will need to help you more otherwise Ismaila Sarr will kill you, because he is a good dribbler and very, very fast.
“He has a very big facility to win penalties. So I will be telling the Liverpool defenders to take care because he is very quick and can change the game (clicks fingers) by winning penalties because he is a very clever player. This is one of his strengths.”
As Mane has outlined, Sarr has the kind and pace and directness which could cause chaos for opposition defences; and with Smith already having Jack Grealish in his ranks, the manager could help Villa to wreak even more havoc in the Premier League by landing the Senegalese flier.
Having two players who can beat players one-on-one and draw opposition defenders out of position is just the kind of attacking magic which could add another dimension to Villa’s side, especially one which has struggled when Grealish hasn’t been involved – prior to their victory over Fulham at the weekend, they had managed just one win in their previous six Premier League games without the England international.
Signing Sarr could go a long way towards addressing that reliance on the captain.