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‘Experimental’ – Re-assessing Brentford signing of youngster – Opinion

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Ollie Watkins is now one of Brentford’s key men and always looks likely to create or score a goal when he gets the ball.

Under Dean Smith, the youngster really excelled at Griffin Park and looked like he may have even pushed Brentford towards the Premier League via the play-offs.

However, what was the reaction to the signing at the time? Just 21 at the time, Watkins made the huge jump from Exeter after excelling at the St James’ Park club. 

We have used our ‘Time Machine’ feature here at FLW to have a look back at when Brentford signed Ollie Watkins and whether it was a good deal…

Jacob Potter 

“This was a typical Brentford signing.

“Watkins had been hugely impressive for Exeter earlier in his career, and is the type of signing you expect to see from the Bees.

“His explosive pace and power would cause difficulties for any full-back and it was a smart bit of business by Brentford.”

Gary Hutchinson 

“Experimental.

“Watkins oozes class in the lower divisions, but it’s always a big call to fish someone from League Two and put him in at a higher level.

“In terms of potential though, he has a lot.”

Louie Chandler 

“Definitely.

“Having come off a brilliant season with Exeter, the then 21-year-old looked like a very good signing, even for the large price tag.

“There is always an element of risk when splashing out on youngsters but it was one worth taking.”

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