Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie believes Ollie Watkins would have been superb for Leeds United.
This comes after the 25-year-old forward recently discussed Leeds’ interest in him last summer on the Sky Sports Super 6 podcast.
The England international finished the season as Villa’s top goalscorer with 14 league goals, and Hendrie has hinted at him being able to have a similar level of impact at Leeds, suggesting he would have been a great alternative to Patrick Bamford.
In an exclusive interview with FFC, the Sky Sports pundit said:
“If Bamford wasn’t doing it [Leeds could’ve struggled], which he has done, and they’ve been very fortunate that he has because I think there was big speculation whether he was going to be able to do that in the Premier League.
“He has done and hats off to him. I was one that doubted him but, you know, he’s done fabulous. [But] I think having a back-up plan of an Ollie Watkins would have been superb.”
Based on Watkins’ words, it is quite clearly something Leeds strongly considered. For whatever reason, though, nothing materialised.
Nevertheless, in Bamford, who managed to stay fit this whole season, they have one of the leading goalscorers in the division who is able to play consistently.