Bournemouth have had a scintillating start to the season under Eddie Howe’s ever impressive tutelage, with the Cherries currently sat in sixth place, just six points off the top of the league.
The likes of Ryan Fraser, David Brooks and Callum Wilson are running riot in attack, with the former sat in first place for assists in the league with five to his name. Additionally, the latter has five goals in ten games, with talk of an England call-up increasing every day.
However, the Cherries must be wary of running out of steam as they look to mount an unlikely push for European football. It must not be forgotten that Crystal Palace sat in fifth position at Christmas back in 2015, only to finish 15th and only narrowly avoiding relegation to the Championship.
Whilst they do have Josh King and Junior Stanislas in reserve to the aforementioned trio, every team with aspirations such as Bournemouth’s could do with a little extra firepower to aid their goals, and Brentford’s Ollie Watkins is the ideal man.
The 22-year-old has been in exceptional form for the Bees this season, scoring five goals in 14 games as well as recording two assists.
Given Brentford’s lowly position in the Championship table, any potential Premier League suitors could turn their elusive forward’s head in the winter window.
As a strong, quick and young winger with an eye for goal, Howe could work wonders for Watkins’ career in the same way that he has done for the likes of Fraser and Wilson. Additionally, with the Bees’ plans for a new stadium put on hold, Brentford chiefs may look to recoup some of the construction costs through player sales.
Watkins has described himself as a ‘number 10′ – a player who enjoys sitting just behind the striker – picking up the ball and looking to score or create a goal. He has named Thierry Henry as his sporting idol, saying, “I try to base my game on his, by driving at defenders and looking to make something happen when I get the ball”.
His style seems tailor-made for the rigours of the Premier League, and in a free flowing, attacking system like the Cherries’ Watkins’ game could go from strength to strength.
Should Bournemouth mount a successful transfer swoop for the 2017 Football League Young Player of the Year, they would be well in with a shot at qualifying for next season’s Europa League.