Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have been encouraged to consider Ollie Watkins ahead of the January transfer window. The 27-year-old striker was briefly linked with an exit from Aston Villa in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.
Watkins, who sees his contract at Villa Park expire in 2025, has featured seven times for Unai Emery's side in the Premier League this term, scoring four goals and providing three assists. The England international's impressive performances have led Villa into fifth place ahead of the likes of Brighton, Newcastle, Manchester United and Chelsea.
While Watkins is rubbing shoulders with Mohamed Salah and Bukayo in terms of goal contributions, Shay Given believes that the striker's lively displays have gone 'under the radar'. Speaking on Premier League Productions, the former English top-flight goalkeeper branded him as a 'brilliant striker'.
«He has gone under the radar, but maybe because he plays for Aston Villa,» said Given. «But Aston Villa are a big football club, people forget that, at times. Maybe he is talking about a new contact, at the minute.
»When you look at other clubs in the Premier League like Arsenal, Chelsea or even Man United. Someone of his calibre. I wonder if his agent is sort of secretly saying, 'he is of that level. He can grab goals'.
«You mention the goal involvements and how many goals he has as well. Without Ollie Watkins, I wouldn't say Villa would be in trouble, but they wouldn't be as strong.
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»He just looks so consistent with his finishing as well. You talk about strikers panicking inRead on football.london