Liverpool should strengthen their forward line in the summer with the signing of Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins.
Despite Dean Windass suggesting that the Reds could go for a “bigger name” in an exclusive interview with Transfer Tavern, Watkins could be the perfect candidate to replace Roberto Firmino in the forward line at Anfield.
The current Villa man is currently in the midst of a fantastic debut campaign in the Premier League.
He has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances in the league this season following a big-money move from Brentford, an extremely positive return.
The 25-year-old has also managed to display his talents on regular occasion against Liverpool having netted four goals against the Reds throughout the campaign which includes a hat-trick in the infamous 7-2 defeat at Villa Park – form that has seen him labelled as “unbelievable” by Windass.
Rated at £28.8m, he could certainly then be the perfect replacement for the out-of-form Roberto Firmino.
When comparing the two forwards and their respective performances, Watkins continues to come out on top.
According to WhoScored, the Villa man contributes more shots per game with 2.6 to 2.3 whilst he also produces marginally more key passes – 1.2 to 1.1.
Meanwhile, Watkins is also an extremely potent threat in the air, winning a huge 3.9 aerial duels per game in the Premier League compared to Firmino’s paltry 0.6.
So, whilst Windass might well be expecting a more high-profile arrival for the attacking areas at Anfield, the current Villa striker certainly deserves to be amongst the Reds’ transfer targets and could be the perfect replacement for Firmino should he depart.