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FPL promoted picks: Sarr flying high for Watford

12 Jun 2021
Ismaila Sarr, Watford

The Scout says change of formation by Xisco Munoz has got the best out of the Watford star

The Scout looks at the Fantasy Premier League prospects of the three promoted sides in defence and attack.


Ismaila Sarr proved to be a key player as the Hornets returned to the Premier League at the first attempt following their 2019/20 relegation.

The Senegalese scored 13 goals and supplied four assists to help his side clinch the runners-up spot in the Championship.

Sarr's 86 shots and 57 shots inside the penalty area were both team-leading totals last term.

He also provided 42 key passes, ranking second for the Hornets. 

All of Sarr's 2020/21 goals

The winger's attacking output was boosted by the arrival of Xisco Munoz as head coach midway through the previous campaign.

Sarr had managed only three goals and two assists in Watford's first 19 matches before the Spaniard took charge.

But a change of formation from 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 allowed him far greater involvement.

Playing on the right of a front three, Sarr produced 10 goals and two assists in his 23 appearances for Munoz.

Attacking alternatives

Joao Pedro and Ken Sema also established themselves as regulars in the new head coach’s attack.

Centre-forward Pedro produced nine goals and two assists last term. 

He had 53 shots in the box, only four fewer than Sarr, despite playing over 700 minutes less.

Winger Sema, meanwhile, combined five goals with five assists. He was the Hornets' top creator with 51 key passes.

Penalty duties to be shared?

When assessing the Watford attack, their ability to win penalties is another factor.

They were awarded 10 spot-kicks, more than any other side in last season’s Championship.

When on the pitch, Troy Deeney has remained their first-choice taker.

But when Deeney was not selected, Xisco allowed the player who was fouled to take the spot-kick.

Crucially, Sarr was fouled on five of the 10 occasions that led to a penalty last season.

Added to his all-round influence, that furthers his appeal as their key attacking target for the upcoming campaign.

Also in this series

Part 1: Aarons shows all-round promise
Part 2: Time for another Pukki party
Part 3: Start Watford defence at home
Part 5: Pinnock can provide value
Part 6: Toney can be this season’s Bamford

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