With the summer transfer window on the horizon, Tottenham Hotspur were considering a summer move for Aston Villa hotshot Ollie Watkins amid uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane’s future at the club.
According to reports in Spain late last week, the Villa shot-stopper has been identified as a possible replacement for his England colleague at N17, with Kane having been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid recently with just 12 months to go. existing sound. OK.
This latest piece suggests the Lilywhites have shown an ‘interest’ in snapping up Watkins as a result, although Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United are also eyeing the 27-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.
While the report adds that the former Brentford striker has a market value of around €32m (£28m), it has already been suggested that the seven-cap ace is worth more than £70m. pounds, after discussing a new deal at Villa Park.
That might seem like a big expense for Daniel Levy and co, although Watkins could well be a perfect striking solution for Spurs next season…
Should Tottenham sign Watkins?
The former Exeter City man has certainly become an attractive target after enjoying a stellar end to the 2022/23 campaign, with the £75,000-a-week machine ending the season with a respectable run of 15 league goals – taking his total tally in the competition at 40 goals over the last three seasons.
This beautiful disc of “deadlyThe goalscorer – praised by pundit Trevor Sinclair – has apparently caught the eye of those in north London, unsurprisingly Watkins lined up amid rampant speculation surrounding Kane’s future.
The addition of the Villa man could also be a perfect match for potential new boss Ange Postecoglou, with the Greek-Australian looking almost certain to be appointed as the next permanent manager at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
With the 57-year-old yet to be out the door, there have been claims the Celtic manager is keen to bring prolific Kyogo Furuhashi forward with him from Parkhead, with the Japan international having completed the recent campaign with 34 goals to his name in all competitions.
With Watkins offering the advantage of having already shown his class in the Premier League, the Englishman could well prove to be a dream alternative to the current Hoops star, allowing Postecoglou to find his next talisman in stride.
As well as knowing where the back of the net is, the pair also look alike due to their impressive movement when leading the line, with Postecoglou having previously hailed Kyogo as the “best” he’s ever seen in terms of relates to this trait.
Watkins is also capable of stretching a defense, with the Torquay native – who has been studying the likes of Edinson Cavani in order to improve this side of his game – after being praised by the journalist Josh Buntingwho said:
“His movement opens up the centre-backs and allows him to make those direct runs between the two.”
The comparison between the pair can also be made because of their quality off the ball, with Watkins described as “uninterested in terms of his work rate” by former Villans boss Dean Smith, while Kyogo has also been described as someone who “hounds defenses” by former Bhoys ace John Collins.
With the latter man having played a vital role in guiding Postecoglou’s men to treble glory this season – having finished as the Old Firm giants’ top scorer – perhaps Watkins can emulate that feat and become the new leader of the Greek-Australian at Spurs.