Ollie Watkins has hit 12 goals in 31 games for Villa this season so far, impressive enough that it has earned him an England call-up. Whilst not abnormal, the sheer strength of selection England have up top is a testament to Watkins for being able to break into the fold, in his first season in the top flight.
The recruitment as a whole has been brilliant from Aston Villa this season, but the Watkins signing stands out. It isn’t just the goals he has brought up top, it’s the full package. His work-rate is second to none. InfoGol have him rated close behind Jack Grealish as Villa’s next best performer by average per game this season.(Grealish- 7.59/10, Watkins- 7.34/10)
From a personal experience of watching Watkins this season, he has been a breath of fresh air. He came in whilst Villa were in desperate need. Only really having a young Keinan Davis, who whilst a fantastic all round player, he still hasn’t been able to cure his allergy to goals, and the misfiring Samatta. Wesley has been out since Christmas of 2019, so Watkins hitting the ground running was a necessity rather than a slow start, and that he did.
Scoring a hat-trick vs Liverpool, and goals here and there since with tireless performances and selfless work-rate, Watkins is the hidden jewel in the crown for Villa, the final infinity stone for Thanos, the key to the door, however you want to describe it, Watkins has been the missing link for Villa.
Ollie Watkins Quizzing Harry Kane on Career
“I spoke to him a couple of times. I just asked him how he trains, how he looks after himself, just to get some inside knowledge on how he works,” Watkins told the press conference. “He is someone I can definitely learn off on a day-to-day basis.”
Watkins, obviously keen to learn from Kane, wanted to emphasize the fact he has a long way to go.
“I’m not trying to think too far ahead, I just take each training session as it comes and focus on the next – that’s what I always got told,” he added. “I’m going to try to enjoy this week, work hard, make a good impression and see where it goes from there.”‘
Exeter and Brentford could be in for a windfall of cash if/when Watkins makes his first England Cap. This is due to both clubs negotiating sell on clauses when selling the player, Brentfords’ expected to be as high as £5 million.
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