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Crystal Palace: Ollie Watkins showed his clinical nature against Middlesbrough

Back in December, Sky Sports revealed that Sheffield United and Crystal Palace were circling around Ollie Watkins, with Brentford upping the forward’s price tag towards the £25m mark in response to the Premier League duo’s interest.

In Crystal Palace’s case, they have long been interested in the former Exeter attacker.

Back in the summer of 2018, The Evening Standard revealed that the Bees were asking for £15m amid interest from the south Londoners, before the Eagles were believed to have gone back in for the forward in the summer of 2019 – a bid worth £11m was reportedly rejected by Brentford.

Since then, the 24-year-old has quite simply been on fire this term.

Watkins has netted a stunning 20 goals in 31 Championship appearances, and his latest outing for Thomas Frank’s side saw him showcase his clinical nature once again.

The Brentford No.11 only had one shot against Middlesbrough, but it ended with a goal as the Englishman netted an 87th minute winner for his side in a 3-2 thriller at Griffin Park.

As well as his goal, Watkins drew two fouls from the opposition – in truth, that was the only other positive from his display as he failed to muster up a key pass while also having three unsuccessful touches and three offsides to his name.

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However, it shows just how clinical he has become by managing to pop up with the match-winning goal, despite not being heavily involved throughout the 90 minutes.

The Crystal Palace target has, in all honesty, been hugely efficient throughout the campaign.

He averages 2.6 shots per game in the Championship, but has still managed to score 20 goals in 31 outings which is a pretty decent return rate in all honesty.

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Seeing as Crystal Palace are the Premier League’s lowest scorers with only 23 goals in 26 outings, they could do with somebody as clinical as the Brentford sensation.

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