Ismaila Sarr flew under the radar for most of the summer, but eventually became Watford's all-time record signing, as they signed him for £30 million from Rennes.
Perhaps most people don't know about the 22-year-old and his talents, but that's not Sadio Mane's case, as he admitted that he had to text Andrew Robertson to warn him about his latest rival.
“The first day he signed I sent him a message to say good luck and that I was happy for him. He’s rapid. I think defenders will struggle. Last time I was speaking to Robbo (Andy 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. I’m really happy for him and he made the right choice to come to Watford. For sure I think he will be great," Mane told The Athletic.
Mane kept on lauding Sarr, another product of Generation Foot, the same academy that helped him develop into one of the world's most flourished scorers.
Moreover, he even admitted that it would've been great to see him play for the Reds instead of making his move to Vicarage Road, claiming he was "a bit jealous because I won’t see him in Liverpool."
Mane knows the struggles of African young players that want to make it to the Old Continent and has embraced a mentorship role to try and offer his own experience as guidance:
“I feel I need to protect him at the beginning because even though he is a really good player it is not easy in the Premier League because I had that sort of problem. If there are problems to start off with then people need to take care of him, go easy on him and especially the fans need to support him and give him confidence for a great future," Mane concluded.
Now, it will be up to Sarr to live up to his compatriot's compliments, and he looks poised to become one of the English Premier League's most disruptive difference-makers.