Could former target Brentford's Ollie Watkins come back to haunt Leeds United this weekend?

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on September 28, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Leeds United welcome Brentford to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon looking to retain their place at the top of the Championship table.

Leeds United fan with a Marcelo Bielsa scarf looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Leeds United and Preston North End at Elland Road on August 28, 2018 in Leeds,...

You could hardly blame Leeds United fans for feeling optimistic right now. The Whites are top of the Championship table after 11 games and recovered from a recent wobble with a hard-fought yet deserved 1-0 away win against Hull City on Tuesday night.

And with the esteemed Marcelo Bielsa at the helm, Leeds have one of the most tactically astute, daring and experienced managers in all of English football.

Though Saturday’s home game against Brentford could still twang the nerves of the Leeds faithful.


Yes, Dean Smith’s Bees have failed to win any of their away games this season but Leeds will be wary of that changing with some hugely talented attackers heading to Elland Road – including one man Leeds fans know well.

The West Yorkshire giants were heavily linked with Ollie Watkins in the summer of 2017 after a superb breakthrough season with Exeter City but he joined Brentford instead, as reported by the Daily Star.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Brentford at the Pirelli Stadium on March 6, 2018...

Now, Watkins is one of the hottest prospects anywhere in the division and will be key to Brentford’s hopes of getting their first away win at Elland Road, having scored four goals and set up two more in 10 Championship games.

Former target Watkins is the man capable of bringing Leeds back down to earth. So Bielsa will need his usually reliable right-back Luke Ayling to be at his best on Saturday.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford gets away from Massimo Luongo of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Brentford at Loftus Road on November...

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