Who is Ollie Watkins? 5 facts about the Aston Villa and Leeds target

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (L) scores their second goal

Ollie Watkins is on the radar of several clubs, including Aston Villa and Leeds, following his impressive performances for Exeter City.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (L) scores their second goalOllie Watkins of Exeter City (L) scores their second goal

Exeter City sealed their place in the Sky Bet League Two playoff final in dramatic fashion as an injury-time winner from Jack Stacey sent them through 6-5 on aggregate.

However, it is the man who scored the other two on the night against Carlisle United, Ollie Watkins, who is garnering the most attention and he is increasingly being linked with a summer move.

So here are five facts about the youngster.

Best young player in the EFL

Having only turned 21 in December, Watkins looks to have a big future ahead of him and his talent was recognised in April when he was named EFL Young Player of the Year.

That is not the only award the attacker has picked up, with a Football League Young Player of the Month and League Two Player of the Month gongs also sitting on his shelf.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (2nd R) celebrates scoring their second goal with team matesOllie Watkins of Exeter City (2nd R) celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

Local boy done good

Born down the road from Exeter in nearby Torbay, Watkins is Devon through and through and is a product of the youth system at St James Park.

That is the same academy that also recently produced Matt Grimes, the midfielder who joined Swansea City for £1.75m in January 2015 and is currently on-loan at Leeds United.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City in action with Harry Maguire of Hull CityOllie Watkins of Exeter City in action with Harry Maguire of Hull City

Out of contract

Watkins is expected to leave the Grecians this summer with his current contract at the club expiring - after he takes to the field for them at Wembley in the playoff final that is.

Yet because the forward is under the age of 24, Exeter will be eligible for compensation and according to the Derby Telegraph that fee will be around £3m.

Versatile in attack

Watkins has now bagged 16 goals in all competitions this season, but although he played as a striker against Carlisle the youngster can actually operate in a number of attacking positions.

During this season and in 2015/16 he has often been seen on either wing or playing behind the forward, driving into the box with his combination of pace, power and ability on the ball.

Aston Villa Manager Steve BruceAston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Clubs queuing up to sign him

If the rumours are to be believed then there are a host of Championships sides hoping to secure Watkins this summer.

Devon Live report that Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City and Leeds are all keeping tabs, while Southampton are also keen and may try and use their Premier League status to trump the lot.

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