Sky Sports presenter Joe Thomlinson has suggested that Wolverhampton Wanderers should make a move to sign Brentford’s Ollie Watkins.
During the 2019/20 Championship season, the English attacker netted an impressive 26 goals in 49 Championship appearances for the Bees (per WhoScored).
Meanwhile, Wolves only have one out-and-out striker who made an appearance for the Old Gold in the most recent season still at the club – Raul Jimenez (per WhoScored).
So, in the latest episode of Football Daily’s Sunday Vibes show, Thomlinson suggested that Wolves should attempt to sign Watkins and even compared the striker to Jimenez.
He said: “I was thinking about Ollie Watkins, maybe. I was watching that Championship play-off final and I was thinking this is a performance reminiscent of Raul Jimenez – [the] ball [was] being fired into him, some really impressive hold-up play, quite solid in the air, maybe a little bit different in terms of his link-up play, but it might be a nice option to have if you’re Wolves.
“But then, if you’re Ollie Watkins, do you want to come in and sit on the bench at Wolverhampton Wanderers? Maybe you do, because the other clubs he’s been linked to are the sort of Aston Villa-level sides – where he would start – but in a worse side.
“So, I don’t think that’d be the worst option.”
As can be seen in what Thomlinson had to say, he believes that Nuno Espirito Santo should be considering signing 24-year-old Watkins because he is similar to Jimenez.
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Supposedly, the English frontman is available for just £18m this summer after a buy-out clause in his contract was activated after Brentford did not get promoted (per BBC).
So, with Wolves needing a back-up striker and the relatively decent fee that it would cost to sign a player who scored 26 league goals during the 2019/20 season, the pundit’s suggestion is certainly not a bad one.