Why Southampton should go all out to sign Ollie Watkins in January
Southampton have had a shaky start to the new Premier League season, yet they sit 10th in the table with seven points from five games.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is still tinkering with his squad to get the best out of his players. This summer, he landed a handful of new signings, including Moussa Djenepo, Che Adams and Kevin Danso.
Hasenhuttl’s emphasis on youth and the subsequent change in Southampton’s recruitment policy have already shown early signs of reaping rich rewards in the future.
Youngsters like Yan Valery, Moussa Djenepo, Che Adams and Jan Bednarek are all doing well under the Austrian tactician. However, Hasenhuttl still needs to have a couple of more transfer windows to improve his team’s quality and depth.
As of now, the Saints are struggling to find the back of the net this season. Che Adams arrived from Birmingham City amidst a lot of fanfare but he is yet to open his account in the Premier League. But Moussa Djenepo has hit the ground running in England following his move from Standard Liege, scoring two goals in three games.
Yet, Hasenhuttl’s side look short of quality going forward and they could solve this problem by signing a versatile forward in January.
Back in January, the Sky Sports had claimed that Southampton were interested in signing Brentford forward Ollie Watkins but a deal didn’t go through. Nevertheless, the Saints must revive their interest in the player to solve their goalscoring woes.
Ollie Watkins, 23, was one of Brentford’s shining stars last season, bagging 10 goals and eight assists in 41 league games. He has hit the ground running in the new Championship campaign under Thomas Frank and already has four goals in seven games.
Although a versatile forward who can operate anywhere across the frontline, the 23-year-old has found tremendous success as a centre-forward this season.
Truth be told, Watkins has not let the Bees feel the absence of their last season’s top scorer, Neal Maupay, who joined Brighton earlier this summer. But it’s not just the 23-year-old’s finishing that has caught the eye.
Watkins has impressed with his ability to hold up the ball and link play with his back to goal too. His vision for someone who is 23 is incredible and the weight of his passes and inch-perfect crosses in the box for his teammates is fantastic.
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The former Exeter City man has shown that he is capable of playing on either side as an inside forward and is capable of scoring goals as well as setting up his fellow forwards.
Watkins offers a blend of youth and experience, someone who exactly fits the profile of players Hasenhuttl is on the hunt. He is only going to get better and hence, the 23-year-old might be worth the investment for the Saints.