An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United and their pursuit of Watford winger Ismaila Sarr ahead of the summer transfer window…
According to Jeunes Footeux, the Magpies are keen on the Senegal international as PIF plot a potential swoop for him ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that he will not leave Vicarage Road for anything less than €35m (£30m), with Premier League duo Crystal Palace and Everton also showing an interest.
Bringing Sarr to St James’ Park would give Eddie Howe a major upgrade on current Paraguay international Miguel Almiron on the right wing.
Whilst the former Atlanta United star is a hard worker and rarely stops running for the team, he has not produced anywhere near enough in the final third to justify a regular place in the side heading into 2022/23.
As you can see in the graphic above, Sarr – who played 22 times in the top flight – enjoyed a far more productive season in the final third in terms of both goals and assists.
Despite playing for a team which finished in 19th place, a full 26 points behind Newcastle in 11th, the Senegal forward dwarfed Almiron’s attacking numbers, as the 28-year-old only came close to him in terms of duels won.
Sarr played 1,865 top-flight minutes and the Magpies ace featured for 1,721 in the Premier League, which shows that they spent a relatively similar amount of time on the pitch throughout the campaign.
This makes the Watford star’s return suggest that he would be a major upgrade out wide for Newcastle, especially when you consider the huge gap between the two teams in the table.
Ben Foster once dubbed the 24-year-old a “freak” of a talent and praised his ability on the ball, saying: “It’s scary, isn’t it, really? It’s almost like everything seems to just be off the cuff. Every single time he gets the ball, even he doesn’t know what he’s going to do, but it will end up being good either way.”
This shows how highly Sarr is rated by his peers, and his statistics back up the praise as he stood out for a relegated team. Therefore, Newcastle must now seal the deal and bring him to Tyneside to replace Almiron on the right of the front three.