Crystal Palace have been linked with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr once again. However, Roy Hodgson’s side should reconsider their options…
According to The Sun, the Eagles are reportedly ready to launch a bid for Sarr before the Friday deadline. Palace apparently still have some money to spend despite the fact big earners like Christian Benteke stayed at Selhurst Park in the summer.
It’s claimed that Steve Parish is considering a club-record £30m transfer bid for the Senegal international. But, as we previously discussed, they should be focusing all of their efforts on signing Brentford’s Said Benrahma instead.
Sarr, 22, has been subjected to one of the longest-running transfer sagas in recent memory. Manchester United were even rumoured to have made a last-ditched attempt to land him on loan after missing out on Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho on deadline day.
He showed glimpses of his talent in his debut season in the Premier League, as he helped the Hornets beat Liverpool with two goals in a shock win at Vicarage Road. But former Tottenham striker Darren Bent told talkSPORT that the youngster is “inconsistent” in front of goal.
And it’s safe to say that the Senegalese, who reportedly earns wages worth £25,000-per-week, struggled for consistency throughout the campaign, as he only scored five goals and supplied four assists in the top flight, via WhoScored. By comparison, Benrahma bagged 17 goals and 9 assists for the Bees in the second tier last term, via WhoScored.
Now, granted, the Championship is a step below the Premier League, but the fact remains that the Algeria international averaged higher than Sarr in pretty much every area. Indeed, he registered a staggering 3.8 shots per game, whilst Sarr could only manage 1.6 shots per game in 28 appearances.
Watford aren’t willing to let him go for anything less than £40m anyway, to soften the blow of their Premier League relegation last season, so Palace should avoid signing Sarr at all costs.
AND in other news, Crystal Palace must secure transfer deal for Brentford star Said Benrahma…