Ollie Watkins has come up through the divisions and continues to impress. Starting out at Exeter City, he earned a move to Brentford and quickly settled in as one of their key players.
Team mate Neal Maupay is the name on everyone’s lips, scoring goals for fun and impressing scouts across the country. Whilst they’re watching the young Frenchman, they’ll surely notice the endeavour of Watkins, himself a significant player in the Bees rise to the Championship promotion spots.
Watkins has a little bit of everything, panache and style but with a work rate born from coming up through the divisions. When you start at the bottom, you appreciate being at the top that little bit more.
Watkins isn’t at the top yet, he’s one step below the Premier League, but as our FLW spotlight discovers, he’s got the attributes to go all the way, with or without Brentford.
Watkins has played nine times this season, ever-present in the Brentford side that is knocking on the door of the promotion race. Their recent defeat against Derby was surprising, but reflective of how tight the division is going to be.
He’s a real live wire up front, fizzing with energy and creativity. He’s netted four goals for himself, but has a further two assists to his name as well. he’s that rare breed of player equally as happy making as he is scoring goals.
He’s keen to get shots away, managing 2.7 per game. That reflects on Brentford’s overall approach, a chance-heavy side who seem to create at will when they’re on form.
There’s a desire to make things happen with the 22-year old too, he averages 1.3 dribbles per game. With a pass success rate of 74% as well, there isn’t a stat that lets him down.
Ollie Watkins is still young but, if he keeps performing to these levels, he’s going to get a chance in the big league sooner than he might think.