Watford news: Ismaila Sarr scored an early goal of the season contender, finding the back of the net from inside his own half.
The goal came just 12 minutes into Watford’s Championship match against West Brom. Sarr picked up the ball from inside his own half, and two touches later, he unleashed a long-ranger that caught West Brom goalkeeper David Button off-guard.
The goal put Watford in the lead but West Brom restored parity just before half-time as Karlan Grant found the back of the net in the 45+2nd minute.
Sarr got the opportunity to propel Watford to victory in the 72nd minute after the referee awarded the Hornets a penalty. Sarr stepped up to take the spot kick, but Button saved the effort as the game ultimately ended in a 1-1 draw.
Watford news: What did head coaches say about the goal?
Watford head coach Rob Edwards said the ‘amazing’ goal was a moment of genius. Edwards said: “Just seeing it and his quality, it was a moment of genius really.
“It was a great bit of technique and vision – whenever you see a goal like that, it’s special. As soon as it left his foot, I thought it was in. It was an amazing goal.”
West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Bruce also reacted to the goal, and he was split between praising Sarr’s wonder goal and criticizing Button’s poor positioning.
Bruce said: “Like everybody on the ground, did I want to applaud it or look at my goalkeeper, thinking ‘where are you?!
“It’s a wonderful piece of skill by a very good player. I think he looked to see where my goalkeeper was and he [Sarr] executed it.”
He added: “But the way we responded was the pleasing thing – and my goalkeeper. It wasn’t easy for him, but he didn’t get nervous. He probably thought he wasn’t deep enough. But he didn’t panic, and he saved a penalty which gave us a point.”
Watford news: How many years has Sarr left on his contract?
The 24-year-old, who joined Watford in 2019, has two years left on his current contract with the Hornets.
He has been linked with a move to several clubs but nothing has materialized as of now. Watford’s Sporting Director Cristiano Giaretta has told the Watford Observer that Sarr would like to leave. It remains to be seen if he can secure a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.