Everton are interested in signing Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.
The Lowdown: Bright Spark in Dark Season
The Hornets have had a disappointing season, finishing 19th. However, the 24-year-old is not the reason his side is facing relegation to the Championship, especially since injuries limited him to 22 appearances.
In fact, the Senegal international has been one of their better players, with the eighth-highest WhoScored rating at the Hertfordshire club. In addition, only Emmanuel Dennis can top his five goals scored in the league.
The Latest: Everton in Transfer Battle
According to French publication Jeunes Footeux, the former Rennes wide man has a ‘good chance of leaving’ Watford this summer:
They report that the Yellow Army will let him go for anything less than €35m (£30m), and that alongside Everton, several Premier League teams, such as Newcastle and Crystal Palace, and an unnamed German club are interested.
The Verdict: Do Everton Need Him?
When given the opportunity, the 6 foot 1 winger can be a truly troublesome player for the opposition. The season before last saw him at his best, being the Hornets’ top scorer and their best player, according to WhoScored.
His performances led to being labelled a “freak” by teammate Ben Foster.
“He is a bit of a freak, honestly he is.”
“I still don’t think people understand quite how quick Ismaila Sarr is. His acceleration off from a standing start is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And genuinely, I’m being genuine there, I’ve never seen anybody accelerate from a standing start as quick as what he does.”
However, the Toffees are well-stocked in Sarr’s position. Richarlison, Demarai Gray, Andros Townsend, and Anthony Gordon all can play out wide. Furthermore, all of them feature in the Merseyside club’s top ten WhoScored ratings this campaign – Richarlison and Gray are in the top five – and only Townsend is over 25.
This means that for the Watford winger to be worth signing for Everton, he needs to be a significant improvement. According to FBRef, the £24m-rated star is worse than his Goodison Park counterparts in goal-creating actions, tackles and interceptions, and percentage of successful pressures.
Considering that he would also probably want to see an increase in his current £71k-per-week salary, Sarr is simply not worth to the Toffees what he would cost.