Aston Villa fans reckon Dean Smith's arrival means they are signing Brentford ace Ollie Watkins

Brentford manager \ head coach Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Smith joined Villa this week after three years at Brentford.

Brentford Manager Dean Smith chats to match officials as he leaves the pitch after the first half of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Birmingham City at Griffin Park on...

Dean Smith's arrival at Aston Villa has immediately got fans and pundits talking about the upcoming January transfer window - and some supporters reckon he will raid his old club Brentford for exciting winger Ollie Watkins.

Smith is known for his transfer acumen and ability to work under a tight budget, which he did at Brentford for three years - guiding them to a top-10 finish in each of his seasons despite hardly spending much less than the likes of Villa.

Relegated from the Premier League in 2016, Villa have spent big bucks on the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia, John Terry and plenty of others since entering the Championship.


But with financial fairplay now once again an issue, Smith will be forced to work under a limited budget - something which he did at Brentford and that could have swayed Villa's decision into hiring him.

One move in which Smith did spend some money, was that of in-form winger Watkins for £1.8million (Sky Sports) from Exeter in the summer of 2017 - and the pacey wide man has since starred at Griffin Park under Smith.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Making 60 appearances for Brentford in all competitions, Watkins has scored a goal every four games with 15 strikes as well as turning provider eight times. This season, he has four goals and three assists in just 11 games.

Villa brought in Anwar El Ghazi and Yannick Bolasie in the transfer window to ease their lack of options out wide, but both are struggling to impress and only on loan.

Aston Villa fans reckon Smith will return to Brentford to sign Watkins, but it would take a lot to convince Brentford to lose one of their best players after such a good start to the Championship. The Standard claim they want £15m for Watkins.


Ollie Watkins of Brentford looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brentford at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England.

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