Rounding up all of Spurs’ potential striking targets for football.london, reliable Tottenham correspondent Alasdair Gold has claimed Brentford attacker Ollie Watkins could be a homegrown option for Daniel Levy and co ahead of a busy 2020/2021 Premier League campaign.
Watkins, who racked up a head-turning 26-goal haul in all competitions last season for The Bees (Transfermarkt), narrowly missed out on a promotion to the top flight with his current team – losing to eventual play-off final victors Fulham.
The 24-year-old, as a result, could be open to other means of playing in one of the world’s most lucrative football leagues – potentially via a transfer in this summer window.
Should Spurs sign Ollie Watkins?
Yes, get it done Levy
No, unproven in the Premier League
Journalist Gold, who also claimed striking targets Callum Wilson and Joshua King were potential options, has pinpointed Watkins as a real possibility given he could help fill Spurs’ homegrown quota – and Tottenham would arguably be remiss if they don’t take the opportunity.
Valued at just £10.8 million, even though it’s likely Brentford may demand more according to Gold, this fee could represent a marker that Levy would be happy to invest in-and-around – especially considering circumstances surrounding a recent global pandemic.
Regardless of the attacker plying his trade in England’s second tier, Watkins shone under Thomas Frank last campaign and 26 strikes is debatably an impressive number by any stretch.
According to WhoScored, Watkins also averaged an impressive 2.7 shots per 90, just below Spurs striker Harry Kane by comparison, whilst also making a higher number of key passes in that time over any Lilywhites man in 2019/2020.
This could be a clear indicator of his threat going forward, as well as the fact his manager branded the player as an ‘amazing‘ striking asset.
All in all, signing Watkins may be a smarter move than bringing Wilson in from Bournemouth. Whilst the latter has more Premier League experience, Watkins’ recent form can’t be ignored and he is also four years younger than the Cherries man, giving him potentially more longevity in the Spurs team were he to join.
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