Tottenham are reportedly in the mix to sign Ollie Watkins from Brentford in the current transfer window.
Journalist Alan Nixon tweeted (via @reluctantnicko) that Spurs have joined Aston Villa in the race for the 24-year-old, with the Bees set to sell him to the club who can present the most enticing offer.
VILLA. Fcae genuine competition from SPURS for Ollie Watkins. BRENTFORD sell to best bidder. Player goes to best club for him.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 6, 2020
Last week, The Telegraph‘s John Percy reported that the Championship side want at least £28m to part with the centre-forward.
Watkins had a huge part to play in Brentford’s run to the Championship play-off final last season, netting 26 goals as they came within one game of making it to the Premier League.
While primarily a centre-forward, he can also play on either flank as part of a front three (as per TransferMarkt), and Jose Mourinho currently has only Harry Kane as an out-and-out number nine in his squad.
Statistically, there wasn’t much to separate Watkins from the Spurs striker last term. The Bees forward averaged 2.7 shots and won 2.3 headers per game, with Kane averaging 2.8 shots and 2.6 aerial duels per game. However, Watkins bested the England captain for key passes per game, with 1.5 compared to the 27-year-old’s 0.9.
One possible question mark over the Brentford man, though, is his lack of Premier League experience, which makes the reported asking price for £28m seem rather steep. Admittedly the Bees banked £20m for Watkins’ former team-mate Neal Maupay from Brighton last summer, with the Frenchman going on to score 10 Premier League goals in 2019/20, but the 24-year-old has never played at a higher level than the Championship.
Watkins is a proven scorer who could be a very useful backup option for Kane in Tottenham’s attack, but his lack of top-flight experience and substantial asking price could count against Spurs making a move for him.
Would you like to have Ollie Watkins at Spurs?
Yes, get him
Yes, but not for £28m
No, need better
Indeed, with Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy warning that the club would not be spending “rivers of money” in this transfer window, and having already parted with just over £30m to bring in Pierre-Emile Hojberg and Matt Doherty, spending roughly the same amount on Watkins could be too much of a commitment for Spurs to gamble upon.
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