Tottenham monitoring Brentford forward Ollie Watkins

Tottenham are considering a move for Brentford forward Ollie Watkins to bolster their attacking depth, The Daily Mail reports.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham boast a decent record in the Premier League this season, winning six of their eight matches, but have struggled to transfer that form into the Champions League after suffering back-to-back defeats against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

A lack of depth in the final third has become an issue, with Spurs over-reliant on Harry Kane, and The Daily Mail says this has led Tottenham to closely monitor Brentford’s 22-year-old forward Ollie Watkins ahead of the January window.

Watkins has impressed for the Championship side this season after scoring four goals and contributing two assists in 11 appearances, having netted 11 times in 45 league matches last term.

A good option?

Tottenham know that any striker they sign to compete with Harry Kane will immediately become second-choice at the club and that will not appeal to many players. Therefore, dipping into the Championship is a smart move.

Watkins, at 22, can develop in Spurs’ squad to become a capable back-up to Kane and could potentially establish himself as the leading man should the England captain be prized away by Real Madrid or Barcelona in the future.

He is also unlikely to be an expensive recruit, which would leave funds available for Pochettino to strengthen other areas of his squad ahead of a tough battle for a top-four finish that lies ahead.