Aston Villa seemed to have turned their form around over the past couple of weeks with two wins and six goals scored after losing their two games prior against Newcastle United and Watford.
One figure that has played a big part in the Villans’ recent victories is striker Ollie Watkins, who has scored a goal in both of his last two league appearances for the Midlands club.
Before these games, rumours emerged claiming that Villa manager Steven Gerrard did not see the Englishman as the top striker that he needs for his side.
However, it seems as though this may not be the case.
In a recent online Q&A for The Athletic, journalist Gregg Evans claimed that “there’s nothing in the talk that Watkins isn’t Gerrard’s type.”
Since joining the Villa Park outfit back in the 2020 summer transfer window from Brentford in a deal worth a reported fee of £28m, the 26-year-old has scored 23 goals in 64 appearances across all competitions, chipping in with six assists along the way.
With seven strikes during this campaign, the striker is currently Villa’s top goalscorer and their joint-fourth highest rated player in terms of his overall performances with a rating of 6.89 from WhoScored.
As well as his goals, the former Brentford star has shown what a constant threat he is for his current team by racking up an average of two shots per game in the league, leaving only Philippe Coutinho with a higher average (2.6), highlighting what an important attacking figure he is.
Having been linked with a move to fellow Premier League club Arsenal in the past, Watkins has shown in his past couple of games just how capable he is of being a regular goal threat for his side after going six games without finding the back of the net between December and February.
Now that Evans has dismissed the allegations of Gerrard’s potential doubts over the £31.5m-rated man’s abilities, this will be a massive weight off the shoulders of many Villa fans that may have been starting to get worried over Watkins’ future at the club.
Moving forward, the fans will also be over the moon if their striker can keep this solid run of goalscoring form up for as long as he can and potentially push his side into the top half of the table.