Birmingham news Ex-Villa star's verdict on Ollie Watkins with price tag pressure MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The new Villa signing arrived in a £28m deal from brentford which could rise to £33m with add-ons
Breaking News ! Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has backed new signing Ollie Watkins to succeed, but admits there may be pressure due to his price tag. The 24-year-old was signed by Villa from Brentford in a £28m deal that could rise to £33m with add-ons. Watkins finished as joint top scorer in the Championship last season with 26 goals as the Bees narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League. His first outing for Villa came in a friendly against Manchester United last weekend, where he scored the inly goal in a 1-0 win at Villa Park. Aston Villa daily newsletter. Free. To your inbox 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. 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.
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Bent, who himself scored 25 goals in 72 appearances for Villa, has backed Watkings to be a success in the Premier League for his old club, despite the large price tag. “That is an awful lot of money for a player coming from the Championship into the Premier League,” Bent told Sky Sports. “It’s a big step up in itself, but when you’ve got that big price tag on your shoulders it might make it difficult. “I’ve got no doubts that he’ll score goals in the Premier League, for that fact that Dean Smith believes in him.
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“For me, the price tag, Smith didn’t bat an eyelid so clearly he believes in him. “He’s signed him again, he signed him for Brentford took him to Villa, and I feel that he will score goals. “His movement is good, he’s a great finisher, he’s very quick so he’s got all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League.”
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