The 26-year-old was initially thought to be on Spurs radar during the summertime of 2020 when Jose Mourinho was ‘el Supremo’, and Soccer.London’s Alasdair Gold said that if Watkins did start playing in north London that it would tick a number of needs.
“This makes more sense than the Benrahma links, with the 24-year-old Englishman having struck 26 goals in the Championship this season for Brentford….With his homegrown status he ticks a few boxes and could prove to be an exciting back-up or partner for Kane. As with Eze though, it would be all about that game time and other Premier League clubs would be able to offer more. Brentford reportedly value him and Benrahma at more than £25million each which would put off Spurs.”
Watkins would instead head up the country a bit to Premier League rivals Aston Villa the place where he has secured international honours with England – the striker was in fact on the score-sheet in the win against Ivory Coast in mid-week when he began rather than the rested Kane.
In September of 2021, it was alleged that Spurs had been again in for the Three Lions ace as they seemed to bolster their attacking choices, however yet again, they couldn’t strike a deal for the 26-year-old.
The striker was a key cog behind Villa’s profitable Premier league campaign in which during the final 12 months, finding the net 16 times in all competitions and netting in residence and away fixtures in opposition to Liverpool (together with a hat-trick at Villa Park) and likewise in opposition to Arsenal.
This season has seen him proceed to be a high quality performer for Steven Gerrard’s facet, netting seven goals in the World’s top league, and scoring against heavyweights like United and Spurs themselves.
Dubbed a “machine“, the £75k-a-week earning Watkins has confirmed himself to be a high quality Premier League striker in his time at Villa Park, and it actually shows a lack of appeal for Spurs that they couldn’t get a deal over the line on both occasions.
The £34m-rated star would have been an ideal foil for Kane at Spurs.