Birmingham news Dean Smith reveals Ollie Watkins talks & provides transfer lowdown MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Aston Villa transfer latest - The head coach has been speaking about his new striker after Watkins arrived for a club-record transfer fee. The 24-year-old scored on debut against Burton Albion
Breaking News ! Dean Smith believes record-signing Ollie Watkins can become an iconic Aston Villa centre-forward, and said of his £33 million price tag: "You are only worth what anybody is going to pay for you." Smith landed his No.1 transfer target last week and Watkins, 24, immediately showed what he's all about after heading home in a behind-closed-doors friendly victory over Manchester United. Just two days later, the ex-Brentford ace was in the goals again and bagged the equaliser in the 3-1 win against Burton Albion, converting home from inside the six-yard box once more. Villa's head coach signed Watkins for £1.8 million from Exeter back in 2017 - buying him a fish tank in the process - and since then the striker bagged 45 goals in 132 Championship appearances (2.9 games per goal). Last season, though, Watkins played as an out-and-out forward for Bees boss Thomas Frank having floated between roles as a wide man and a No.9. Needless to say, the one-time Weston-super-Mare loanee finished 2019/20 as the leading marksman, outscored everyone in England's top four leagues and was crowned the Championship's best player. As for Smith, he was asked about that hefty price tag with Villa paying an initial £28 million up front and a further £5 million in performance-based add-ons. "I told him not to even worry about the price tag," Smith explained. "You are only worth what anybody is going to pay for you. "It's an undisclosed price tag so I don't know how everyone knows how much it is! Sign up to our Villa newsletter for Ollie Watkins updates Aston Villa have a new record signing - Ollie Watkins. The former Brentford hotshot takes the mantle from Wesley Moraes, and big things are expected of the winger/striker at Villa Park. He's well known to Villa head coach Dean Smith, and you could get to know Watkins just as well by signing up to our free AVFC newsletter. In our daily Aston Villa bulletin, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans. You won't miss a single thing Watkins performs in a Villa shirt. How do you sign up? It's easy and only takes seconds. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit sign up. And that's it, you're all set. You can also sign up here. If you decide later that you no longer wish to receive the emails, simply follow the unsubscribe link in one of the newsletters - but we don't think you'll want to. And what's more, it's absolutely free! That's not all... If you fancy another present, we've got plenty of prizes in our FPL league.
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"He is a really sound lad. He is a great character, personality and someone I have worked with before. "He scored against Manchester United in a friendly on Saturday and was disappointed it didn't add to his goal tally. "He will be pleased tonight he has got one tonight that goes in the record books. "I have no doubts he will score goals for us this season and be a very much loved Aston Villa centre-forward." Smith was also quizzed about Watkins' improvement ever since the Villa chief left Griffin Park, and said: "He is a more mature, more confident player. "Even speaking to him he scored 26 goals last season and he believed he should have scored 36 as well which just shows he is not one who is going to rest on his laurels. "He wants to get better, wants to improve. He knows how I like to play, he played centre-forward for me at Brentford.
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"Thomas moved him there last season when he had a couple of injuries and it was fruitful for him. "That will continue to be the case because he has a great attitude and application. He will get better and better." As for Villa adding even more firepower ahead of the new season, Smith refused to rule anything out. The club are hopeful of rubber-stamping a £17 million deal for winger Bertrand Traore in the coming days, with Smith confirming business for this summer remains far from done. "We're going to look at all options," Smith said, when asked about bringing in a new striker. "There's another three or four weeks until the window does close. We're happy with what we've done so far but we're always trying to bring others in." On last season's well-documented £130 million summer spend, Smith added: "We spent an awful lot of money but, last season, we had to get 12-13 players in. It was a big change around for the football club.
"We had struggles last season. If you look at it, we lost our player of the season in John McGinn; we lost our record signing Wesley Moraes and we lost our main Premier League player for experience, Tom Heaton. "Any team that does that is going to find it tough but we found a way to get over the line and, we always said if we did that, then the players that we'd brought in last summer would certainly be better for the 12 months - but we could then go and add quality rather than quantity. "You look, there's four or five key players that we felt we had last season and we lost a few of them. Now they're back and we've also added that quality with the players we're bringing in now."
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