Premier League side, Sheffield United, have been linked with star Championship striker, Ollie Watkins, over the past few days.
The young Englishman has been in brilliant form for the Bees and netted a hat-trick in their victory over Barnsley a couple of weeks ago.
He’s been an up and coming prospect for quite a while now since his time in League Two at Exeter when he performed brilliantly as a youngster.
The 23-year-old is looking to continue his climb through the divisions and Sheffield United could be a potential avenue for the forward.
Here are TWO pros and TWO cons of the Blades signing the striker…
The forward is very quick. A lot of the best strikers in Europe have the ability to use their pace to good affect and travel past opposition defenders.
Watkins is certainly learning how to use his pace, but he’s scarily quick and causes all sorts of problems for defenders.
It’s something that doesn’t change whatever league you play in, if you are fast, you’ll always pose a threat to defences.
Will only improve
His age means that the attacker will only get better. The Blades will be signing a player that will only look to improve in the future, meaning that both himself and his sell-on value could well be worth the transfer.
He has a long way to go, but playing with higher quality players around him will only increase the chance of his potential being fulfilled in the coming years.
Unproven at Premier League level
This is one thing that makes it a very big gamble to take considering the transfer fee that Brentford would be asking for would be highly extortionate.
The striker hasn’t yet played at Premier League level, and it’s a big step to make, especially at the age that he is. Many players find it tough, but if he could hit the ground running, it could potentially make the player.
Not yet a consistent goalscorer
He’s not yet a consistent 20 goal season striker in the Championship let alone to be sure to get anywhere near that in the Premier League.
Watkins is now into his third season in the Championship and hasn’t scored over ten goals in the previous two, although is on track to do that this season having already hit seven. It’s a big risk for Sheffield United, as they must decide whether to take a chance on him.