Tottenham were linked with Ollie Watkins in the summer transfer window before his move to Aston Villa, but should they regret failing to sign the spearhead attacker?
English centre-forward Watkins completed a £28million switch (Sky Sports) from Brentford to Premier League club Aston Villa, where he’s made a positive start to life in the top-flight.
The quick striker has scored five goals in eight games across all competition so far in a Villa shirt, including a hat-trick in the 7-2 demolition of Liverpool at the beginning of month.
Jose Mourinho’s side were linked with the 24-year-old back in September before his exit from Brentford, with the Sun reporting that Spurs were considering a move for him.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy backed the manager heavily in the transfer window by injecting cash to sign a string of quality players to improve the squad, but they may have missed out on an exciting attacker.
Watkins has settled quickly in the Midlands with Villa after previously working under their manager Dean Smith and he looks like a natural in the top-flight already.
The speedster is a forward with a great work-rate and he’s willing to run the channels, plus he’s intelligent with his movement in the box, a composed finisher and aged 24 still has plenty of potential to fulfil.
Spurs did manage to recruit back-up for Harry Kane at striker, signing Brazilian Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica.
The 25-year-old attacker impressed on his one appearance to date with two assists in a Europa League tie and it looks like he’ll be a positive addition to the group.
But the way Watkins has started at Villa and the way he’s performed in recent times in the Championship suggests Spurs may have been better off investing in him during the summer window to find a long-term Kane understudy.