The Analysis: Watkins is Proving to be More Than Goals and the Perfect Man for Villa's Europa Charge

Aston Villa Featured

Ollie Watkins: Money well spent?

Ollie Watkins joined Aston Villa at the start of the season for a record £28m, potentially rising to £33M. During his 15 games in the Premier League, he has been highlighted for his ability to produce match-winning performances, particularly in the games against Liverpool and Arsenal where he netted a hat-trick and a brace.

Despite having a modest record of six goals and two assists in 15 Premier League appearances, the former Brentford man has impressed far more than just his ability to put the ball in the back of the net. His workman-like performances and his consistent ability to press has provided a platform for potentially the best Villa team in a decade to mount a serious challenge on the European places.

Premier League Betting Tips

skybet betting tip

ASTON VILLA TO FINISH IN THE TOP SIX @ 7/2

More than just the goals

Villa’s impressive 3-0 Boxing Day win against Crystal Palace was a solid indication of his importance. Despite missing several chances, hitting both the bar and post, Watkins was a constant threat, picking up the Man of the Match award in front of the BBC cameras.

Villa boss Dean Smith stated after the game that “there is nobody better to lead the line with 10 men than Ollie Watkins, the only thing missing was a goal.”

The Torquay-born attacker who was only converted to a striker two seasons ago, has impressed far more than just his goal return and that day at Villa Park against the champions is merely the cherry on the top of the cake in what is a player filled with essential ingredients.

According to Whoscored, the 25-year-old is currently registering 1.3 key passes per game, which is the same as regular John McGinn,more than Anwar El Ghazi, and only beaten by Jack Grealish’s 3.7. At the same time, Watkins is averaging a rating of 7.28, which is again, only bettered by the wondrous Grealish.

Premier League Betting Tips

skybet betting tip

OLLIE WATKINS TO SCORE 15+ PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS @ 5/4

Influence on his teammates

Speaking of Grealish, he is one of the most talked about players in Europe right now, but the arrival of Watkins has only strengthened his ability to cause problems for the opposition team.

The way in which Watkins presses and makes intelligent runs allows Grealish space to drive into and gives him a viable outlet, something that was not evident last season, a worrying thought for any opposing manager.

Despite playing an integral part and being potentially the sole reason Villa scraped safety last year, Grealish has once again gone up a gear, and with respect to Wesley and Mbwana Samatta, this has a lot to do with influence of selfless running and the ability of the energetic Watkins.

Wesley’s 21 games last season were heavily criticised amongst some sections of the Villa Park faithful, but his long-awaited return might just give Villa another dimension with the ability to play two up top. Although, Wesley as a player likes to drop deep to get involved with build up play, a style which can see the middle of the park congested but with the arrival of Watkins, and his on the shoulder style, the likes of Grealish, Traore and El Ghazi have flourished. Highlighted perfectly with the team’s performance against the highline of Liverpool, which allowed Villa’s creative talent to thread balls through at will for the pacey Watkins.

Watkins style of play stretches the opposition defence, creating space for the three behind him to cause havoc and attack the opposition defence, Grealish himself has made the most entries into the box with 55, the most in Europe’s top five leagues. Add that to the impressive form of the rejuvenated El Ghazi, who has scored more goals in five games than he did all last season, it suggests that Watkins’ influence is being felt more than just the number of times he puts the ball in the back of the net.

Room for improvement

Despite how impressive some of the performances of the Exeter academy graduate have been since joining Dean Smith's men, there are areas of improvement that could see him become one of the most well-rounded strikers in the Premier League.

It would be harsh to suggest the 25-year-old is a poor finisher, but with an expected goals of 7.5 (excluding penalties) in which Watkins has returned five there is a clear indication that he needs to be taking one or two more of his chances to take him to the next level. Finding the net on a more regular basis is also an improvement that must be made with him only finding the net in three out of 15 games this year.

Some of this may be down to bad luck, with two dubious VAR calls to say the least, have seen Watkins have two goals chalked off away at both West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United. Despite falling victim to VAR, it must be pointed out that he has missed opportunities which an elite level striker would be taking, which was particularly evident in the games against Crystal Palace and Manchester United. Nevertheless, breaking his duct should be his aim, and potentially, with confidence, more goals will follow.

Despite having areas to improve, it has been an encouraging start to life at Villa Park for Watkins, and if the striker can start scoring on a consistent basis in what is his inaugural Premier League season, Watkins might just be playing in Europe for Villa next season. A monumental rise for a player who was on loan at Weston-Super-Mare five years ago.

By Harry Charlwood

Free Bets & Offers


😍 GET £30 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU PLACE ANY BET 😍
NEW CUSTOMERS ONLY. FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. 5P MINIMUM STAKE. 3 X £10 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS EXCLUDE VIRTUALS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS AND FURTHER T&CS APPLY. 18+. BEGAMBLEAWARE.ORG
Claim Bonus
🟢 Bet £10 & Get £50 in free bets! 🟡
For new customers. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔥 ✅ BET £10 & GET £60 IN FREE BETS! ✅ 🔥
New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+). First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required. Full T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🏇🏼 50% UP TO £50 WELCOME BONUS 🏇🏼
18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
CLAIM HERE
🏌🏻‍♂️ BET £10 GET £20 IN FREE BETS + 10 PLACES ON EACH-WAY BETS 🏌🏻‍♂️
*New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+.T&C's Apply **18+. 1/5 10 Places in the USPGA Championship. Pre-live each way bets on outright market only. Dead Heat rules apply. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ GET £40 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £10 ON FOOTBALL ⚽️
New customer offer. Place a £10 Sportsbook bet on any Football market, at min. odds 1/2 (1.5) between the 1st and 30th April — get £40 in free bets, valid 30 days. Only deposits via Cards will qualify. Free bets will be awarded after the qualifying bet has been settled. T&Cs apply. Please Gamble Responsibly. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🟠 BET £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS + £10 CASINO BONUS 🟠
Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days • To withdraw bonus/related wins, wager the bonus amount 40 times within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Withdrawal restrictions, payment methods, country & Full T&C’s apply.
Claim Bonus
🙌 GET UP TO £50 IN FREE BETS 🙌
New users only. Free bets: place qual bets of £10-£50 (min odds 1/2, 2+ legs) in 1st 7 days to unlock. Awarded as 4 equal free bets that total 1st deposit amount. Min odds 1/1, 3+ legs, + expire in 7 days. Full T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔸 GET MONEY BACK AS CASH UP TO £20 IF YOUR FIRST BET LOSES! 🔸
New customers only. Place your FIRST bet on any Football market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using cards will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ DEPOSIT £10 & GET £30 IN FREE BETS ✅
New UK, IE & Malta users only. Min. £10/€10 first deposit only using Debit Card or Trustly. Free bets expire in 90 days. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
🔴 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔴
18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚽️ BET £10 TODAY & GET £40 IN FREE BETS! ⚽️
Sign-up via Mobile using promo code N40 and place a bet of £10/€10 or more and we will give you 4x £10/€10 free bets. By entering the Promo code in the box above you agree to the full terms and conditions of this promotion as displayed below. See full terms below.
Claim Bonus
🔵 BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS + ACCA REWARDS OF YOUR CHOICE! 🔵
New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C's Apply **18+. Choose either Boost or Insurance. Available for in-play/pre-match bets on selected sports. You cannot use specials, boosts, any free bet or any other promotion. A minimum of 5 selections and minimum odds of 1/5 per selection/leg to receive Acca Rewards. Minimum stake of £/€0.05. Max free bet refund of £/€20 per Acca for Insurance. Maximum bonus payout is €/£1,000 per Acca for boost. Free bets, cashed out or voided bets will not qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
⚫️ BET £10 & GET £20 IN FREE BETS! 🟠
*New members. £10 min deposit & bet on sportsbook, placed & settled at 1.5 min odds within 14 days of sign-up. Win part of E/W bets. 2 non-withdrawable £10 Free Bet Tokens: accept in 7 days, valid for 7 days from crediting (ex. E/Ws & Multiples), stakes not returned. Click here for Rules & Exclusions. Bet Responsibly. BeGambleAware.org
Claim Bonus
👋 50% UP TO £50 WELCOME BONUS 👋
18+ begambleaware.org; New bettors get 50% of deposit up to £50; Once per household; Min deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Wager a total of 8 times deposit + bonus, with max qualifying bet stake equal to your initial bonus amount; Bonus expires after 60 days; Min odds of 4/5 on singles, or 2/5 per leg for acca; Some bet types excluded; See full terms; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
Claim Bonus
🔵 GET £20 IN FREE BETS WHEN YOU BET £5 🔵
18+ New UK & ROI Customers only. Min deposit £5. Min first £5 bet at minimum odds 1/2 to qualify for 1x 20 free bet. Certain deposit methods and bet types excl. Free bet valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions + T&Cs apply.
Claim Bonus
✅ GET A FREE BET UP TO £25 + 10 FREE SPINS ✅
Place a £10 Sportsbook bet on any Horse Racing market between the 18th & 20th of February, at min. odds 1/5 (1.2) — get £45 in free bets on bet settlement, valid 30 days. Only deposits via Cards will qualify (Apple Pay deposits excluded). T&Cs apply. 18+.
Claim Bonus
GET A £30 MATCHED FREE BET IF YOUR FIRST FOOTBALL ACCA LOSES!!!! 🙌🙌🙌
*New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. This is offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+ BeGambleAware.org Full terms apply.
Claim Bonus
🙌 BET £25 & GET 5x £5 IN FREE BETS! 🙌
Valid for new UK & Irish customers. Only customers registering and playing via mobile are eligible for this offer. Min qualifying deposit £25. Min odds apply for free bets. 2 day expiry for free bets. 18+.
Claim Bonus
🔹 GET £30 IN BONUSES WHEN YOU BET £5 🔹
18+ New customers only. Opt in, bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registering, no cashout. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events at odds 2.00+. Plus a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw max £250. 7 day bonus expiry. Card payments only. T&Cs apply, see below. begambleaware.org | Please gamble responsibly
Claim Bonus

Facilitating the UK's largest online betting community, we provide our own tips on popular betting markets as well as offering the latest bets and offers.

Gamble Aware aims to promote responsibility in gambling. They provide information to help you make informed decisions about your gambling.

18+
Be Gamble Aware - Helpline: 0808 8020 133
Disclaimer

Oddschanger is owned and operated by Checkd Media. Contact [email protected] for more information.

© 2012 - 2022 Copyright Oddschanger. All Rights reserved. v2.7.4 (1)