Back in the summer, The Chronicle revealed that Newcastle were interested in signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
Eventually, the former Exeter City striker moved to Aston Villa in a club-record deal worth an initial £28 million, potentially rising to £33 million with add-ons.
While Steve Bruce managed to add Callum Wilson to his ranks, a player who has done well with four goals in six Premier League outings, we can’t help but feel that the Magpies boss will be kicking himself after missing out.
So far this season, Watkins has been superb. In all competitions, the 24-year-old has scored five goals in eight appearances, including a hat-trick against Premier League champions Liverpool.
After that game, which Villa incredibly won 7-2, Dean Smith described him as a ‘tremendous talent’ – it’s hard to argue with the ex-Brentford manager.
Sky Sports (via Goal) quote him as saying: ‘He is a tremendous talent, I felt we’ve learnt a lot of lessons from last season and we’ve added quality to what we thought was a good talented squad anyway.’
Four years younger than Wilson, Watkins would’ve been a better long-term investment for us, although as aforesaid, the ex-Bournemouth striker has been impressive so far.
With each passing game in which the Villa No.11 thrives, we presume Bruce will be regretting the fact that he didn’t make more of an effort to land the exciting English attacker who is lighting up the Premier League.