The highly-rated Aston Villa forward, Ollie Watkins, who currently earns £75,000 per week, may attract the attention of large clubs as NSWE near a new contract signing, states esteemed transfer insider Dean Jones.
In recent matches, the Englishman has been in superb form, helping the Villans achieve five consecutive Premier League victories and placing them sixth in the table. With European qualification now a potentiality, Villa is entering a thrilling period for the club, and Watkins has played a significant role in their success. He has scored at least once in his last four appearances, netting a total of 15 times in all competitions this season. Furthermore, the skilled footballer has six assists to his name, demonstrating his broader range beyond just scoring goals.
Though Far from the expiration of Watkins’s contract, which is in 2025, there is still a concern that the striker may end up leaving as the deal countdown commences. Recently, however, there was a reassuring update on his future, with 90min announcing that the former Brentford starlet is on the verge of confirming a contract extension.
Transfer insider Jones spoke to Football FanCast about Watkins’s future, stating that although rumours of extended contracts are circulating, larger clubs are likely to have an interest in the forward due to his recent impressive performances.
“When you score goals at this rate, you hit the radar of big clubs naturally. So suddenly, people will be looking at your situation. But Villa has been linked to a new contract for him,” he said.
From a Villa perspective, if Watkins signs a new long-term deal, that would be excellent news as the footballer is an essential player and could grow to become even more significant. At 27 years old, he may only have just arrived at his prime, and given the successes this season, he may argue that he merits higher wages. The hope is that Watkins commits to a long-term contract that will keep him at Villa Park for years, increasing his tally of 42 goals scored in 109 appearances. His teammate, Leon Bailey, even claimed that Watkins is an “out of this world” talent, highlighting his potential and the importance of Villa keeping hold of him.