Charlton Athletic were forced to part company with Naby Sarr last summer, with the centre-back unable to continue with the Addicks despite Lee Bowyer wanting to retain the service of the towering 27-year-old after relegation.
As you might expect, there was an EFL move in the horizon for the free agent, with Huddersfield Town eventually getting the deal over the line on the eve of the 2020/21 season.
Carlos Corberan is looking to take the Terriers in a new direction after his summer appointment at the John Smith’s Stadium and his capture of Sarr has offered him some defensive balance.
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Christopher Schindler and Richard Stearman compete for the right centre-back berth, whilst Sarr is a regular pick on the opposite side.
Corberan wants Huddersfield playing fluid football and Sarr’s ability on the ball with his left foot allows transitions to be smooth down his side of the pitch.
So far this season, Sarr has made nine starts in the Championship under Corberan, always on the left of the centre-backs, either in a three-man or two-man unit.
He received a red card in the October defeat to Preston North End, getting the wrong side of Emil Riis Jakobsen, who caused problems all afternoon, and bringing the Lilywhites striker to ground as he approached the penalty area.
However, the centre-back’s response to that has been good. Sarr was back in the side as Huddersfield beat Millwall 3-0, producing a standout performance on his return to the capital.
Sarr has also scored his first Huddersfield goal in the past week, rising to head home in the 4-3 defeat to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon. The 27-year-old came close to adding to that goal in Tuesday night’s goalless draw with Wycombe, but his stretched leg could only divert an Isaac Mbenza cross onto the post.
That draw has left Huddersfield 16th in the table. At the moment, they are very inconsistent, but the signs are there that there will be no relegation battle for Sarr or the Terriers for a second season running.