Tuesday Jun 09, 2020. 16:00
Two-time Watford FC Player of the Season Tommy Smith believes the club has unearthed a gem in Ismaila Sarr.
The retired English striker is excited to see the flying Senegal international realize his rich potential at the Premier League club.
Sarr, who produced a two-goal performance against previously unbeaten Liverpool FC in a Premier League match four months ago, is highly-rated by Smith.
“He looks like an incredible talent. He took a little while to get used to the pace of the league and strength of the players and looked like he lacked a little bit of belief, which is understandable,” Smith told the club’s official website.
“He’s now got that belief and he looks like he can go on to the next level. It’s another brilliant scouting find by Watford and he’ll look even better in the next 12 to 18 months.”
Sarr joined Watford from French side Rennes in August 2019 for a club-record fee and he has established himself as one of the Hornets’ key attackers.
His teammate Andre Gray arrived at Watford three years ago in what was the previous club-record buy and knows, for different reasons, it takes time to adjust.
“He was very shy and doesn’t speak the language properly yet, but he’s looked the part since he got his goal at Southampton,” said Gray.
“The gaffer now makes life simpler for him and every time he gets the ball, it’s just the encouragement to go, go, go. He is so quick – he’s the quickest player I’ve played with and can just knock it and go.
“He’s so fit as well and can go both ways [up and down] and he’s unplayable on his day, as we saw against Liverpool.
“He’s a threat to everyone and if you watch the games, you see the full-backs he faces and they step off him every time he gets the ball,” he continued.
“But even then he manages to get past them. He relieves so much pressure and enables us to counter-attack. He can be whatever he wants to be.”
Sarr has scored six goals in 20 competitive matches for Watford and he will be looking to help his side retain its status in the Premier League when the competition resumes next week.