In a recent interview with Football FanCast, journalist Pete O’Rourke discussed the Eagles reported interest in the Senegalese winger.
He said: “The closer we get to the end of the window, that is going to be a hard deal to do, especially if Watford end up losing Joao Pedro as well, they might not want to lose Ismaila Sarr on top of that.
“It’s a big blow for Sarr to see that move to Aston Villa fall through, but I’m sure Palace will be keeping tabs on his situation.”
With Wilfried Zaha’s contract set to expire at the end of this season, putting his future at Palace in doubt, Vieira arguably needs a long-term heir to the Ivory Coast international in his squad.
Like the 29-year-old, Sarr would offer the Eagles a serious threat on the counterattack with his pace, while WhoScored suggests that his strengths include dribbling and finishing, which are also listed as the Palace talisman’s strongest attributes.
Last season saw the 24-year-old contribute five goals and two assists in the Premier League for Watford, despite their relegation from the top flight, while he also hit 13 goals in the Championship the season prior, so he clearly knows where the back of the net is.
Ben Foster was full of praise for his former team-mate last season, saying: “He is a bit of a freak, honestly he is.
“I still don’t think people understand quite how quick Ismaila Sarr is. His acceleration off from a standing start is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And genuinely, I’m being genuine there, I’ve never seen anybody accelerate from a standing start as quick as he does.”
Another ex-Hornets team-mate in Abdoulaye Doucoure has also chipped in with high praise for the 24-year-old, dubbing him a “big player” during their mutual time at Vicarage Road in the 2019/20 season.
Vieira doesn’t have too much depth in the wide attacking areas, with only Michael Olise, Jeffrey Schlupp and Malcolm Ebiowei the only other wingers in his squad, so you could definitely argue that a player such as Sarr is needed in the long-term.
Therefore, the Eagles manager should definitely consider bringing the £25m-valued Watford man to Selhurst Park before next week’s transfer deadline.