This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Football League World’s Charlton Athletic fan pundit Robert Smith has given his thoughts on the impressive rise of centre-back Naby Sarr over the last few years.
Sarr has been a regular in Lee Bowyer’s side since the start of last season after initially signing permanently from Sporting Lisbon in the summer of 2015 and has now had his fine form recognised ahead of his coutry’s qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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“It’s been a remarkable journey for him,” the regular punter told Football League World.
“Castigated for the large part of his time he was the poster boy for Roland Duchatelet’s poor running of the club after paying a large fee on a player who initially just couldn’t adapt to the league.
“But what a turn around. He’s still improving but is a really cultured footballer with delightful distribution from the back and, due to his size, when he’s on song he really is a man mountain defensively.”
After initially making the move to The Valley, Sarr was shipped out on loan to Red Star Belgrade on a season long loan before returning for the 2017/18 season.
He made 18 appearances in what was a sporadic campaign under Karl Robinson but with 36 run outs to his name in the promotion winning campaign of last season, including all three play-off matches, he has become a firm fan favourite.
However, his fine form could not stop Charlton losing 1-0 to Preston North End at The Valley on Sunday lunchtime, with a second half Paul Gallagher penalty doing enough to secure the points.
Bowyer will be eager to see his side bounce back on Saturday against Millwall before the international break rolls around and Sarr gets his big break.