Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League striker Dean Windass has his doubts about Ollie Watkins playing out wide for Aston Villa.
Watkins was Villa’s first-choice No.9 last season and impressed in that position, scoring 14 goals in 37 league outings.
However, that could now change following Danny Ings’ arrival, with the 29-year-old currently leading the line for Villa.
It leaves Dean Smith with a decision to make once Watkins returns to full fitness, with the Villa manager perhaps needing to move the England international out wide in order to accommodate his new signing.
Windass, though, is unsure about such a move. He told FFC:
“I’m not too sure that Ollie Watkins would like to play wide left, but obviously I’m not telling Dean how to manage. He knows the best formation.”
Smith stated last month that he did not bring Watkins to Villa Park to play out wide. However, given his experience there and the form of Ings, maybe it is something he has to consider later down the line.
It is a dilemma, but it is certainly a good one to have.