Aston Villa secured their third Premier League win in a row on Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road.
The first half saw Philippe Coutinho open the scoring for the away side, and goals from Matty Cash and Calum Chambers after the interval sealed the three points for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Despite the positive result and the Villans now keeping three league clean sheets in a row, scoring nine goals in the process, not every player who featured in the win against Jesse Marsch’s side had a particularly positive night in terms of their performance.
Having played for the entire match, Ollie Watkins only had 36 touches of the ball in total and made just 11 accurate passes out of 19 attempted – fewer than Emi Martinez in goal (21) – showing that he wasn’t involved that much throughout the night.
The striker also failed to have even one clear shot at goal, which would have been disappointing for him given how he had scored in his two prior league games. He would no doubt have been hoping to add to his tally for the campaign, especially considering how Leeds have conceded more goals this season than anyone else in the top flight.
Things weren’t great off the ball for the 26-year-old either, as he lost six of his 11 duels, gave away two fouls (one of which earned him a yellow card) and failed to make even one tackle for his side.
This display ultimately earned the centre-forward an underwhelming overall match rating of 6.7/10, making him the lowest-rated Villa player to start the game according to SofaScore and showing that he let his manager down despite the overall good result.
Taking this into account and given his goalscoring form heading into the match at Elland Road, it’s safe to say that Watkins and Gerrard will both be disappointed with the striker’s performance.
With Villa set to take on West Ham United on Sunday afternoon in their next league game, this will be a great opportunity for the £31.5m-rated attacker to get back to goalscoring form and potentially push his team even further up the table.