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Aston Villa Prepared To Rival Liverpool For This Watford Winger: What Will He Bring To Villa Park?

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In a recent report, France Football has stated that Aston Villa have joined the race to land Watford winger Ismaila Sarr this summer. It is understood that the Villans are prepared to rival Liverpool in pursuit of the Senegalese speedster during this ongoing transfer window and have the luxury to offer him regular first-team football this season (via France Football).

Sarr’s Fruitful Season At Vicarage Road Recently

The Saint-Louis born wide player gave a good account of himself for the Hertfordshire outfit in the previous campaign when he produced a string of productive displays as a key member of the Watford frontline. Sarr ended last season with six goals and six assists to his name in 30 matches for his current employers across all fronts.

The 22-year-old found some consistency with his all-around contributions in the attacking third after he averaged 1.6 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He even took care of the ball when distributing it in the opposition half as evident from his pass success rate of 81.5% in league football (stats via whoscored).

Sarr proved his worth as top-flight footballer last season, so Villa Park could be an ideal destination for him if he intends to play week in week out at the highest level. At the same time, if the Senegalese international is looking to win trophies, then maybe joining the reigning champions of England could be the way to go as it will also offer him a chance to taste Champions League football with them this season.

Aston Villa join the race to land Ismaila Sarr who is seen in the photo
Ismaïla Sarr of Watford in action during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vicarage Road on January 01, 2020, in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

What Will The Senegalese Wing Wizard Bring To The West Midlands?

Sarr boasts blistering pace which he can use to beat his marker out on the wide positions, but can sometimes be a bit selfish inside the opposition penalty box. He has also proven himself to be a capable orchestrator of goal-scoring chances, mainly when he drives with the ball to the by-line which allows him to deliver some good crosses into the danger area.

The 22-time Senegalese international has got what it takes to flourish in Dean Smith’s style of play at Villa Park this season. He would provide some natural width which the Villans have sometimes lacked during the 2019-20 Premier League campaign. At 22, the Watford playmaker is only going to get better with each season which makes him a brilliant long-term option for any of his potential suitors including Aston Villa.

Plus, Sarr could potentially form an exciting attacking partnership with Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins if Smith can find a way to win the chase for his signature before the transfer deadline in October. The former Ligue 1 winger would bring plenty of pace and goal-threat to the West Midlands club, so Villa should consider going all out in their pursuit to get him back to the English first division this summer.

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