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FPL watchlist: Sarr can be cut-price favourite

The Scout 12 Jul 2021
Ismaila Sarr, Watford

The Scout on why Watford winger has the schedule to provide value from the start of 2021/22 Fantasy

As Fantasy Premier League managers can now select their 15-man squads, The Scout analyses standout budget and premium players in each position.

Ismaila Sarr (WAT) £6.0m

Having sealed their return to the Premier League at the first attempt, Watford can take advantage of a kind opening run of fixtures.

Watford face only two of last season’s top 10 sides in the opening seven Gameweeks.

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According to the Fixture Difficulty Ratings (FDR), just one of those matches scores more than three.

Four of those encounters, against Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City and Newcastle United, all score two.

Watford’s first seven Gameweeks
GW Opponent FDR GW Opponent FDR
1 AVL (H) 2 5 NOR (A) 2
2 BHA (A) 3 6 NEW (H) 2
3 TOT (A) 4 7 LEE (A) 3
4 WOL (H) 2  

Sarr was a huge influence for the Championship runners-up last season.

The Senegalese was their top scorer, with 13 goals, and also supplied four assists.

A change of formation to 4-3-3 midway through the campaign under new head coach Xisco Munoz lifted his prospects.

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

But he then produced 10 goals and two assists in 23 appearances for Munoz.

Sarr's goals in 2020/21

The underlying numbers further highlight his all-round influence on the Hornets’ attack.

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

And his 42 chances created placed second.

Early differential

Managers have been slow to react to Sarr’s prospects in their opening squads.

He is owned by just 7.6 per cent of managers, compared with the 24.6 per cent of Watford’s back-up goalkeeper Ben Foster (£4.0m).

But, at a cost of just £6.0m, Sarr has the schedule to offer strong value from the very start of the season.

See: The Scout's FPL watchlist for 2021/22

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