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Aston Villa: Journalist makes bold claim on striker departure

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Journalist Paul Brown has highlighted that if Ollie Watkins was to depart in the summer then it would cause uproar for the Aston Villa fans.

West Ham United are reportedly keeping tabs on Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins over a potential move in the summer to the Olympic Stadium. There have been no reports on Steven Gerrard commenting on the English forward’s departure, but he is top of the list for the Hammers.

Ollie Watkins has been a mainstay in the Aston Villa side this season, in the Premier League he has featured 30 times whilst chipping in with nine goals, which makes him Villa’s top scorer.

After there have been reports of other clubs being interested in Watkins, Paul Brown highlighted to GiveMeSport how the Villa faithful may react if they lose their star striker.

“If they were to let him go, it would need to be for a fee where they could sign probably two players to replace him, I think, otherwise the fans would not stand for it.

“And I’m sure the manager does not want Ollie Watkins going anywhere, especially to a team that you would probably think are on a similar level to Villa.

“If it was a City or Liverpool coming in for him, it would be harder to say no, but I’m sure Villa would try and say no to West Ham.”

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A big twist if what Paul Brown is saying is true as it was reported that Gerrard was willing to sanction the exit of the striker.

Ollie Watkins made the jump to the Premier League in 2020 when he signed for Aston Villa from Brentford for £30 million. In the Premier League this season for Villa he has been impressive in terms of stats, he is the club’s tops scorer with nine goals, he has created the joint fourth amount of big chances (3), and has the second-highest average amount of shots per game (2.2), as per Sofascore.

With Gerrard looking to take Villa to the next step, he has made real signs of intent already in his reign at the club, by signing Lucas Digne and Philippe Coutinho. So, he will be keen to keep his top scorer ahead of next season.

Watkins is still just 26-years-old, so has a lot of time to improve his game, and Gerrard will see this and may look to bring in more creative players, to help aid his improvement as a player in terms of stats.

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  • Paul Messenger says:

    I think if Gerrard were to sell Ollie Watkins there would be a queue of supporters including me who would be willing to drive Gerrard back up the M6 to Liverpool. At his age the best is yet to come and you don’t sell your best players to teams in or around the top 6 like maybe Arsenal or West Ham. If we do we will always be on the outside looking in and deservedly so.

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