Watford’s record signing Ismaila Sarr trained with his new teammates for the first time this week and could make his debut against West Ham United on Saturday.

The Senegal forward arrived for a fee of £30 million from Rennes in the summer after a holiday and competing in the Africa Cup of Nations for his counry.

The Hornets were keen to not rush Sarr into the squad due to this, carefully managing his workload as he had not taken part in any pre-season training with his new side.

However, after completing an individual programme while the rest of the squad prepared for last week’s trip to Everton, the 21-year-old trained with his new teammates for the first time on Tuesday.

And one of those, midfielder Etienne Capoue, is already excited by what he’s seen from the youngster.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “He’s a guy without fear. He’s always trying to go forward and these are things we absolutely need. He’s the type of guy that can make a difference.

“All the French boys know him for two years and we know he is a very young talent. We are very glad he signed for Watford. He feels very happy to start the season with us and he’s a very happy guy who now just wants to show what he can do on the pitch.”

Capoue, who also moved to England from France when he joined Tottenham from Toulouse in 2013, has taken Sarr under his wing following his first training session in a bid to help him acclimatise to his new surroundings.

He said: “He’s shy as he doesn’t speak English but when he is with the French players he is a normal guy. He speaks a lot with us and I try to help him as much as I can – not only him, but every new player.

“We have to help put them in the best condition to give 100 per cent for us and make sure they feel very good in this club. I try to take care of him because he is young and is in another country.”