Ismaila Sarr is the bargain top-ten midfielder with favourable fixtures ahead

JUST how did Watford keep hold of Ismaila Sarr (£2.6m) in the Championship?

Much like Emi Buendia (£3.1m) and Norwich, the Senegal international seemed destined for a move to a new club after suffering relegation in 2019/20 but was somehow convinced to stay on for a year in the second tier.

Sarr scored 13 goals, provided four assists, and won five penalties as the Hornets earned automatic promotion back to the promised land.

And he’s already scored three goals in five league games this season as his talent continues to bloom – and Dream Team bosses would be wise to take notice.

If rumours are to be believed, Watford have been contacted by Manchester United, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Liverpool in relation to Sarr’s availability in recent times.

In regards to the latter, compatriot Sadio Mane (£5.3m) is said to be a big fan of his international team-mate.

While a transfer to a richer club feels inevitable, he’s for the Vicarage Road faithful to enjoy for the next few months at the very least.

Sarr’s most eye-catching attribute is his raw pace but he’s developed a more cultured side to his game in the last two years.

He generally operates as a right winger but he’s capable of playing from the opposite flank and has occasionally played through the middle.

His brace against Norwich last weekend secured an 18-point haul – only Riyad Mahrez (£5.2m) gained more points in Game Week 5 among Dream Team midfielders.

Cynical gaffers will be wary of using a transfer on a player based on one game.

After all, Sarr more than doubled his total tally last weekend and he won’t be play the Canaries every week.

However, his next two fixtures are against Newcastle and Leeds – two defences that aren’t much better than Norwich’s if truth be told.

The 23-year-old scored against Aston Villa in Game Week 1 and his underlying numbers hint at the potential for sustained returns – he’s the eighth-best midfielder in the game ahead of Game Week 6.

Those looking for a short-term bargain midfielder could do a lot worse than backing Sarr until the international break.

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