Will Leeds United live to regret missing out on signing Ollie Watkins

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

Leeds United were linked with a move for Ollie Watkins, but he went to Brentford instead.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Bristol City at Griffin Park on August 15, 2017 in...

Leeds United may be regret missing out on Ollie Watkins earlier this summer, now that Chris Wood has left.

The Daily Star carried reports of Leeds’ interest in Watkins, but the 21-year-old striker ended up leaving Exeter City to go to Brentford.

There were some questions over whether Watkins would have the capabilities to perform at Championship level, but the initial signs have been very positive.

Watkins has featured regularly for Brentford, and looks a major threat, even in the second tier.

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With Watkins still having years ahead of him to improve, the future looks very bright for the youngster.

And Leeds may just be regretting not pushing harder to bring Watkins in, while they had the chance.

Leeds need to find a way to replace the 30 goals which Wood scored for them last term, and doing so could be a tough task.

Chris Wood of Leeds celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on January 13, 2017 in Leeds,...

Watkins would not have been a direct replacement for the New Zealand international, but he could have seriously helped to soften the blow of his departure.

And if Watkins keeps impressing for Brentford, Leeds are likely to be left to look back with some regret at missing out on capturing the talented youngster.

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