Aston Villa supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a fourth Championship defeat of the season at the weekend.
The Villans were without a manager for their trip to Millwall following the departure of Steve Bruce a few days earlier, thus leaving Kevin MacDonald to usurp caretaker duties for the visit to the Den. And while his side took the lead through Tammy Abraham in the first half, they weren’t able to go on and get all three points as goals from Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott sealed a 2-1 success for Neil Harris’ men, thus leaving Villa 15th in the Championship table at the second international break of the campaign.
Thus, there have been many disappointed Villans supporters up and down the country in recent times, although they are likely to feel much better following the appointment of Dean Smith as the club’s new manager, with the Englishman leaving Brentford for Villa Park.
And having spent the last three years in charge of the Bees, and enjoying much success along the way, the 47-year-old may seek to bring some Brentford stars to join him at Villa, with Ollie Watkins one man in particular he must try and lure to the Midlands giants.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old began his senior career at Exeter City having come up through the youth ranks at the League Two club, eventually being snapped up by Brentford back in 2017 after bagging 26 goals and laying on 17 assists in 78 matches for the Grecians.
And while the step up to the Championship may have concerned some, the forward has since underlined his attacking prowess with 15 goals and eight assists in 60 games for Brentford, four goals and three assists of which coming this term in just 11 league matches.
And with ten goals and five assists for Smith’s men last season in their run to ninth place in the second tier, Watkins clearly has huge pedigree at Championship level, and as such could prove to be an asset to any team in the league, not least a Villa side under the stewardship of Smith.
The new Villans chief will know exactly how to get the best out of the 22-year-old having done so at Griffin Park in the last few years, while the fact that he was the one who signed him back in 2017 underlines just how highly-thought of he is by the 47-year-old.
And in a Villa side that have the capability of challenging for the promotion places this time round, Watkins could add even further quality to an already-talented squad, be it down the flanks or maybe even in a more advanced central position.
Ultimately, Smith knows exactly how good Watkins is and how thus to get the best out of him, and with the pressure firmly on the 47-year-old to take Villa into promotion contention, the new Villans boss must seek to lure the Brentford star to the Midlands giants come January.
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