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Tottenham have entered the race to sign Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, as per the Sun via TeamTalk.
The 24-year-old is being heavily courted by Dean Smith’s Aston Villa however it has now emerged that Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are keen on a move for the attacker.
Watkins enjoyed a phenomenal 2019/20 campaign for Thomas Frank’s Brentford, finishing the season with 26 league goals subsequently going on to win the EFL player of the year award.
It’s reported that either club will have to fork out a fee in the region of £22 million to sign the versatile attacker who can also operate out wide as well as up-front.
So, would this be a good move from a Spurs perspective? Is Watkins good enough to play at that level?
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It would be a very good signing for Spurs, but I’m not sure it’s the right move for Watkins to be fair.
From a Spurs perspective, Watkins would be a very exciting addition. For a number of years now, they have needed to bring in a young striker who can provide real competition for Harry Kane, and whilst Watkins may not be proven in the Premier League, he has serious potential and has all the attributes to thrive – just look at Dele Alli’s development.
Watkins scored 26 goals across all competitions last season, and for me, he is the best British striker outside of the top-flight, so to bring him in would be a coup for Jose Mourinho’s side. He’s adapted so well to playing as a striker rather than out wide, and is a very fast, dangerous forward.
Would it be the right move for him, though? After a stellar campaign in the Championship, he needs to keep on playing regularly and hit the ground running in the Premier League, and although Spurs are a massive club, is he really going to get in ahead of Harry Kane when both players are fit?
If Kane gets injured, which is what seems to happen nearly every year, then Watkins would be a very adequate back-up option, but he needs a starting role wherever he moves to next, I feel.
I think so.
He’s a real class act and at Spurs he could reach a completely new level under Mourinho.
The only issue would be, as it is for any striker joining Spurs, is trying to move Harry Kane out of the side because no one has managed that for obvious reasons so far.
Watkins, of course, can play out wide and might be asked to again for Spurs with him battling the likes of Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura for a start.
I do think he is good enough for a side like Spurs, but I would just advise him to learn where he’ll be playing – out wide or as second fiddle to Kane
He’s not good enough for Spurs just yet.
Watkins was brilliant for Brentford last season in the Championship, but it’s a huge step up to Spurs from the Bees.
You also have to consider whether his development would be best served with Jose Mourinho’s side, and I just couldn’t see him getting the regular minutes he’ll be looking for.
With the likes of Aston Villa also interested in landing his signature, I think that he’d be better off signing for Dean Smith’s side ahead of the new season.
He’s good enough for the Premier League, but I’d be stunned if he was to pursue a move to Tottenham Hotspur before the summer transfer window reaches a conclusion.