According to reports cited by Football Insider, Aston Villa is prepared to offload Ollie Watkins in the last days of the summer transfer season.
The 26-year-old England international was unexpectedly left out of Villa’s starting lineup for the team’s 2-0 Premier League loss at Bournemouth on matchday one.
One reliable source told us that Watkins and manager Steven Gerrard “do not see eye to eye” and that there is tension between the two.
The Midlands giants had put aside money this summer to get an A-list striker who would be an improvement on targets Watkins and Danny Ings for 2020 and 2021.
However, the team’s other positions have so far received priority from the club, as evidenced by the additions of centre back Diego Carlos, playmaker Philippe Coutinho, defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara, left back Ludwig Augustinsson, and backup goalkeeper Robin Olsen all during the current transfer window.
Since his firing last weekend, there has been a rise in the likelihood that the front man would go before the deadline of August 31.
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In a 4-3-3 formation, Coutinho and Leon Bailey positioned themselves on each side of Ings in the front three. With 24 seconds left, Watkins was substituted in.
Since joining the Villa starting XI in the summer of 2020 for a cost of £28 million + $5 million in add-ons from Brentford, Watkins has been a constant.
In his two years with Villa, Watkins has netted 27 goals in 77 games across all competitions.
In his 36 games in all competitions and 33 starts in the Premier League last season, he went through a two and a half month scoring slump but still managed to score 11 goals and provide two assists.