After Ismaila Sarr's sensational brace ended Liverpool's 44-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, the Senegal star has been backed to follow in the footsteps of his acclaimed countryman Sadio Mane with a high-profile move.
Sarr, who joined Watford for a club-record fee of £30million (R601 million) at the start of the season, was destroyer-in-chief for the Hornets as they stunned league leaders Liverpool on Saturday, with the 22-year-old forward scoring twice in his side's 3-0 win.
Following the match, former England international Owen Hargreaves backed the Rennes wideman to follow in Mane's footsteps in the future by making a move to one of the Premier League's more esteemed clubs.
"Sarr was outstanding," Hargreaves told Premier League Productions after Watford's victory, as reported by the Daily & Sunday Express.
"We know he’s quick and we know he’s got a big physical presence. But today (Saturday) in terms of end product he was outstanding.
"If he has a few more days like that, then the same way Mane left Southampton to go to Liverpool, if he plays like that against more teams then he could easily leave Watford. That pace and that athleticism – with the end product – that’s what every team he needs."
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Mane himself had previously singled Sarr out for praise, and even warned teammate Andy Robertson that he would need to be at his best to contain the attacking threat that his compatriot brings to the pitch.
"He's rapid. I think defenders will struggle," Mane said in August last year, per Bleacher Report.
"Last time I was speaking to Robbo (Robertson) I said 'Watford have a really good player. I will need to help you more otherwise Ismaila Sarr will kill you, because he is a good dribbler and very, very fast.'"
Sarr has played a hand in 10 goals across all competitions for Watford this season in 20 appearances, scoring six and assisting a further four more.
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