Ollie Watkins is one of the best attacking players in the Championship, and there is no surprise that Leeds United reportedly want the Brentford star.
Leeds will play in the Premier League next season after winning automatic promotion from the Championship, and head coach Marcelo Bielsa will need to sign new players in the summer transfer window.
According to The Sunday Mirror (print edition, page 67, August 2, 2020), the Whites will make a move for the 24-year-old attacker if the Bees fail to win against Fulham in the Championship playoff final on Tuesday evening (click here to read more).
Leeds fans will know all about the Englishman having watched him in action in the Championship, and David Prutton’s previous comments on him will further encourage them.
In May 2020, while naming Watkins as the Player of the Season in the Championship in 2019-20, former Leeds midfielder Prutton outlined how the 24-year-old transformed himself from a wide player to a striker.
Former Sheffield Wednesday left-back Andy Hinchcliffe also named Watkins as the best player in the Championship in 2019-20.
Prutton told Sky Sports: “Watkins, however, deserves the credit for what he has done this season in terms of switching positions – from a wide player to a striker.
“He really has lit up the league and had so many excellent performances, and the type of goals he has scored have impressed me. He isn’t scoring the types of goals a winger playing as a striker would, they are proper No 9 goals.”
Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports: “Mitrovic and Watkins have both been excellent and they are different types of striker. But Watkins is my Player of the Season because we all knew about Mitrovic. He has taken to his change of position at Brentford so well, his finishing in the penalty box is so assured and he looks a natural goal scorer.
“I know they have been working hard on him in training, and everything about his attacking play has been brilliant. To play a full season as a lone striker is not easy, and the improvement he has shown this season makes him worthy of it.”
According to WhoScored, Watkins has scored 26 goals and provided three assists in 48 Championship matches for Brentford this season.