England striker Ollie Watkins is happy to be going ‘under the radar’ at Aston Villa

Aston Villa and England striker Ollie Watkins is happy to be going under the radar at club level.

Watkins missed out on the England squad for the September international break before four goals in two Premier League games saw him recalled by Gareth Southgate for the matches with Australia and Italy in the coming week. Back Watkins to score anytime vs Australia at 4/5 with Betfair.

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October 13, 2023

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Ollie Watkins on going under the radar

Ahead of facing Australia, Watkins has been discussing going under the radar whilst playing for Aston Villa:

“I go under the radar, maybe,” he said. “I’m not talked about enough profile-wise. But I know I have been producing on the pitch since Unai Emery came in. But I do go under the radar.

“I don’t know if it’s me being at Villa. You get some players that are just likeable and out there. I’m not really too fussed about that.

“I just like playing football. Maybe a lot of people said to me I need to push my profile. But I am happy with what I am doing on the pitch and that’s all that matters to me.”

When Gareth Southgate first took the reins as England manager, he promised to pick players on form, rather than because they play for a ‘big’ club.

However, he has never really lived up to that promise with the likes of Harry Maguire, Jordan Henderson and Marcus Rashford often making the team over the years despite poor club form. Whereas players like Fikayo Tomori, Marc Guehi and Jadon Sancho (when he was playing well at Dortmund), have missed out despite being in better form.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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