Claudio Ranieri says Ismaila Sarr is “a diamond”


Watford manager Claudio Ranieri has hailed Ismaila Sarr as a ‘diamond’ but doesn’t want to put too much pressure on the youngster.

The 23-year-old has already scored four goals in 10 appearances this season, and Ranieri will be hoping to keep his form on Watford’s trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

Sarr had joined Watford for his last Premier League campaign for a club record amount in the summer of 2019, but had a tumultuous season for the club, finishing with just six goals.

However, the following league season the 23-year-old finished with 13 goals to his name and impressed on his return to the top flight.

“For me, it’s a diamond. He’s a diamond and I have to work with him all over the place. I think he can achieve great things, ”said the Hornets manager.

“When I was working in France, I was told that there were so many diamonds there, but it is important to work with the general philosophy of football which is in Europe.”

“Ismaila is one of the players who can decide – at any time – the game,” he added.

“I don’t want to give him more motivation, he’s young, I don’t want to put too much pressure on him.

“He has to play like he’s used to playing, after the game I’ll talk to him.”

Since Ranieri took over, Watford has scored five home goals for Liverpool to score five themselves in their second game at Everton the following weekend.

Game three was a less eventful one-goal loss to Southampton, but that leaves Watford winless at home since their season opener and just three points above the relegation zone.

They travel to the Emirates for Ranieri’s fourth game, ahead of another international break, and the Italian has stressed the importance of playing well ahead of the match gap.

“Of course, for us it is very important to have a very good performance. The result can be positive or negative but the performance must be very, very high very strong.

“I believe in our performance on Sunday.”


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