Charlton Athletic’s Senegalese international centre-back Naby Sarr has made nine appearances for the Addicks this season, but came under scrutiny by fans for his performance against Millwall on Saturday.
The 26-year-old was at fault for Millwall’s stoppage time winner at The Den, as the 6’4′ defender was out-jumped by Lions striker Matt Smith, who headed in to snatch the win at the death.
Being a local derby, and the fact that Charlton went into the game looking to end their 23-year winless run against the Lions, the mistake from Sarr understandably has caused some anger amongst the Addicks fan base. That is because it seemed that his attempt at winning the header was half-hearted.
Sarr is often culpable of a lack of concentration at crucial periods during a game, which has earnt him a reputation among Charlton fans of being a liability.
However, Sarr will also be hoping that the fans can move on from his blunder fast, as prior to Lee Bowyer taking charge, the relationship between the player and supporters was not at its strongest.
The Marseille born defender eventually grew in confidence, thanks to the backing of The Valley faithful, and showed his worth last season.
The defender will be concerned that his error will cost him a place in the team; Sarr has slotted in defence when Bowyer opts for a back-three, otherwise Tom Lockyer and Jason Pearce are the primary centre-backs.
Should Naby Sarr stay in the Charlton team?
One positive for Sarr is that he will join up with his Senegal teammates for the first time, as he received a call-up to the national team, providing an alternative focus in another environment.
Looking at the statistics, it is easy to see why the Charlton fans are getting frustrated with the defender. In the nine games he has played this season in the league, he has made 44 inaccurate short passes, according to WhoScored.
Sarr will be looking over his shoulder, as there are options in the squad to replace him in the centre-back position. One of them is Deji Oshilaja, who has struggled to nail down a starting spot this season. Strongest at the heart of a defence, Bowyer had deployed him at right-back so far. It remains to be seen what the manager will choose to do, and how Sarr will respond.