Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins was on the scoresheet again last time out against Newcastle, and manager Dean Smith has dropped huge praise on the rising star ahead of the trip to Burnley.
What Smith had to say about Watkins
Speaking about the forward to Birmingham Live, Smith said: “It’s fortunate that I know Ollie after having him for a couple of years at Brentford. His stats are really good. He’s a robust player. One of the things when we take players in our recruitment department; we look at their last three years to make sure they’re at least getting 70 minutes of games.
“That’s a big factor when we’re bringing them in because we want players who are ready to play 37 games a season and Ollie is certainly ready to do that with the numbers that he produces.”
Watkins has shone in the Premier League
It is understandable why some may have questioned Villa signing Watkins for £27.72million (Transfermarkt) as the highest level he had played at the time was in the Championship.
However, the 25 year-old has shone for the club, scoring seven goals and picking up two assists in 17 Premier League matches (WhoScored). He has been a constant threat for opposition defences, managing 2.7 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.2 successful dribbles per game.
The Villa manager is right to pile the praise on Watkins, and if he carries on scoring at the rate he is at the moment then there is no doubt the club are in for a great campaign and a great future.
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