Watford winger Ismaila Sarr has revealed Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane serves as his inspiration, and that he often watches videos of his compatriot.
The £25 million summer signing from Rennes (BBC Sport) has been trying to find his feet in the Premier League, but has had a bit of difficulty standing out for the bottom club.
Senegal international Sarr has made 10 league appearances so far, and hit his first goal for the club last month against Southampton.
Arguably he will need a full season to adapt properly, and Sarr has explained the measures he is taking to better himself.
He said (BBC Sport): “I watch all Sadio’s videos. His accelerations, the dribbles – I watch everything.
“He advises me all the time (on international duty). He comes into my room, he talks to me. He’s a big brother!”
Sarr then expressed his desire to see Mane win next year’s Ballon d’Or, after he finished fourth in the 2019 standings.
TBR’s view – Mane the perfect role model
Mane has developed into a world-class player and Watford fans should be pleased to hear Sarr is trying to follow his example.
The 27-year-old is now coming into his prime years, and there is every chance he could have a genuine stab at winning the 2020 Ballon d’Or.
Should he do that, then that is sure to inspire Sarr even more.