Brentford striker Ollie Watkins was among the goals again last night at Loftus Road. The Bees hitman struck twice as Thomas Frank’s men downed QPR at Loftus Road.
Watkins’ double made it ten for the season, building on the success he enjoyed last year at Griffin Park.
The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Sheffield United in recent weeks. The Sun claim that Blades manager Chris Wilder is willing to spend £15m on the forward during the January transfer window.
Watkins has moved into a more central striker role this season for Brentford. Manager Thomas Frank is clearly keen to utilise the assets Watkins has, and this was on display last night as the striker caused havoc for the QPR defence.
With United having only scored nine goals this term – only two teams have scored less – it’s easy to see why Chris Wilder might be looking to add to his attacking options.
And Watkins’ latest performance doesn’t seem to have gone unnoticed. Following his two-goal show last night, Twitter was awash with Blades fans calling for him to be snapped up.
Announce Ollie Watkins in January @SUFC_tweets
— Liam Howard (@Liam_SUFC) September 29, 2019
Ollie Watkins, what a player.
— Bran⚔ (@SufcBran) October 28, 2019
Wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Ollie watkins is at United come the end of January #sufc
— Jon Davies (@1JonDavies1988) October 28, 2019
Is he needed?
It’s hard to definitely say there is a need for Watkins at Bramall Lane. United splashed the cash in the summer on strikers as it is. Oli McBurnie and Callum Robinson have both scored. Lys Mousset has three, while Billy Sharp also has a goal to his name.
However, you cannot ignore the fact United are struggling to score goals. David McGoldrick – for all his good play – has still not hit the back of the net.
At a glance, Watkins looks to be an ideal signing if those goals continue to be sparse.
It’s easy to forget he is scoring goals in the Championship. The exact place both McBurnie and Robinson were brought in from.
A lot will depend on January and where the Blades are in the table, essentially. If Chris Wilder does have money to spend, he might opt to look at someone who is already proven in the Premier League.
A decision could rest on how his summer signings are doing. Both Robinson and McBurnie have shown flashes, while Mousset continues to have an impact.
McBurnie, in particular, will be hoping to prove people wrong in the coming months.