Brentford fans will be slightly nervous heading into the January transfer window as Sheffield United reportedly prepare to up the ante in their pursuit of Ollie Watkins, according to the Sheffield Star.
Chris Wilder is apparently a long-standing admirer of the Bees’ marksman and is looking to bolster his striking options as he and the Blades’ board finalise the details of their attack plan in January.
Watkins has been one of the Championship stand-out attacking performers so far this season, netting 12 goals in 19 second-tier appearances, laying on three assists as well.
United are no strangers to bringing in the second-tier’s finest. In the summer they signed Oli McBurnie from Swansea City, Luke Freeman from QPR and Callum Robinson from Preston North End, so it is not a surprise to learn that Watkins remains high on their wishlist.
But if he is to leave, who would be the big winner and the big loser at Griffin Park?
The impressive youngster has performed brilliantly during his loan spell with AFC Wimbledon so far this season, netting seven goals in 11 games.
With Niko Karelis continuing his recovery from a long-term injury, Watkins departure could well see the Fin catapulted onto the frontline of Thomas Frank’s attacking unit.
It would be a big ask for him to make that step up and lead their promotion charge, but it is undoubtedly a situation that he would love to happen.
You would back the exceptional Said Benrahma to adapt to whatever is thrown at him in terms of teammate departures in January, but it may be harder for Mbeumo.
The young Frenchman signed in the summer and has been impressive in the front three of himself, Benrahma and Watkins, however, the departure of one key element from the trio could well throw him off his stride.
Would Frank need to change shape? Would Mbeumo suit that shape? Would he try the winger in an alternative position?
It could be the making of him, don’t get me wrong. But I feel Watkins’ departure would hit him the hardest.