‘He's going backwards': Tony Cascarino says 26-year-old Aston Villa player has actually got worse this season
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‘He's going backwards': Tony Cascarino says 26-year-old Aston Villa player has actually got worse this season

Tony Cascarino says striker Ollie Watkins’ career has now stalled because of the upheaval around Aston Villa.

In a column for the Times, Cascarino ran the rule over the potential striking options for England at Euro 2024, the next major tournament.

Watkins has been part of the England setup under Gareth Southgate, with seven caps to his name as part of a rotating cast of strikers who have offered backup to Harry Kane.

But he was not a realistic contender for the 2022 World Cup and Cascarino has offered a blunt assessment of how the 26-year-old progress is going.

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Cascarino on Watkins

Cascarino said of Watkins, discussing his international prospects: “He’s been too inconsistent and it feels as though he’s going backwards, perhaps suffering from all the changes at Aston Villa.

“I’ve never been fully convinced he’s a natural centre forward either.”

Dean Smith worked with Watkins at Brentford and was the man who brought the striker to Villa Park in the first place.

But Smith was sacked and replaced by Steven Gerrard, who failed to implement a style of play at Villa Park before recently being removed in order to bring Unai Emery in.

Watkins will hope to reignite his international career under Emery and there is still no clear, established option to be Kane’s deputy.

Callum Wilson forced his way into the World Cup squad with a good run of form this season and a similar streak would see Watkins back in the England conversation, despite Cascarino’s blunt assessment.

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