Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed one hell of a transfer window.
Gareth Bale made a sensational return to the club where he made his name. Sergio Reguilon accompanied him from Real Madrid. Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg joined from other Premier League teams and a back-up striker was finally found in Carlo Vinicius.
However, could Daniel Levy already be rueing the decision to not sign one mooted summer target?
Over the weekend, Football Insider revealed that former Brentford striker Ollie Watkins held “extensive” talks with the north London outfit and was “desperate” to make the move to the club prior to signing for Aston Villa for £28m.
They also claim that Levy would not meet the Bees’ asking price and tried to keep driving down the deal.
And despite costing a whopping £28m, it appears that the Midlanders have truly won from this saga.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal start to life in the Premier League, culminating in a recent hat-trick against defending champions, Liverpool.
Whilst they are the only three goals he’s scored in Villa’s opening three matches, he’s still contributed massively to their encouraging start – per WhoScored, Watkins is averaging 3.3 shots, 1.7 key passes and one shot per game, so he’s clearly doing more than just finding the back of the net.
His form has already drawn high praise indeed. Alan Shearer told Match of the Day: “It wasn’t just his goals that impressed me – it was his hold-up play, the strength. He’s too strong for you. Bringing people into the game. Running in behind he was a constant nuisance, they just couldn’t live with him. We said he should have scored more – he perhaps should have.”
Whilst Exeter City boss Matty Taylor believes he’s on the cusp of an international call-up. He said: “If you perform well then the next level is international football, and to see him in an England shirt would top the lot – it would even top the hat-trick against Liverpool.”
Watkins is managing more shots at goal each game than Heung-min Son (2.5), so you could only imagine the threat Spurs would have if it was a front three involving the Villa man, the South Korean and Harry Kane.
Levy may well have made a mistake with this one.
AND in other news, Levy hardball could cost Spurs in the race to land £20m “special talent”…