West Brom are certainly being punished this season as they find themselves second from bottom going into the festive period, and perhaps they are now truly regretting their failed move for Ismaila Sarr…
Back in September, Senegalese news outlet Wiwsport reported that the Baggies had entered the race to sign the 22-year-old alongside the likes of defending champions Liverpool, arch-rivals Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
At the time, a £50m price tag was set but Sarr is now currently valued at just shy of £20m by Transfermarkt.
According to the Watford Observer, no offer came in for the 6 foot 1 winger, much to the delight of Hornets boss Vladimir Ivic.
Since then, Sarr has already proven to be too good for the English second-flight and that may well spell trouble if Albion had any intentions to revisit the speed demon next month.
In 14 starts, he has contributed to five goals whilst also averaging 2.4 shots, 2.2 dribbles, 0.9 key passes and even 0.9 tackles per appearance, via WhoScored.
These are numbers that far exceed the returns of £18m summer signing Grady Diangana thus far. The former Hammers ace has scored just once in ten appearances and is starting to look a tad out of his depth at this level of football, averaging just 1.6 dribbles and one shot per game, also via WhoScored.
Given his nationality, the 32-cap sensation has drawn comparisons to fellow Senegal international Sadio Mane, who himself lauded Sarr as “very, very fast” as well as claiming that “defenders will struggle” against him in the Premier League during an interview with The Athletic.
Such praise is reflected by former teammate Abdoulaye Doucoure, who did earn himself an instant return to the top-flight as he joined Everton in the summer, he told RMC Sport (via talkSPORT): “I’ve told him as a joke that he’s a Champions League player, but I really think it’s because I know he has exceptional qualities. He’s not just quick, he’s incredible at finishing, he can find space, keep the ball and I hope he’ll go very far.”
The Baggies have been seriously lacking on that right flank and a player like Sarr would’ve quite understandably been the perfect signing, especially given his experience in the PL last term.
Sporting and technical director Luke Dowling dropped the ball over this one, a decision Albion could long regret.