‘I’m OK with silence’: quiet man Watkins aiming to turn up volume | David Hytner

11 October 2023 09:30
Even in top form, Aston Villa striker has battled for his England chance and wonders whether he needs to sell himself moreAs far as Ollie Watkins is concerned, it is about playing well and scoring goals. Nothing more. As long as he does the business for Aston Villa, everything else will follow and that includes England call-ups. And yet the striker is not so sure.Watkins has posted particularly impressive numbers since Unai Emery took over from Steven Gerrard as the Villa manager last October: 21 goals and eight assists in 39 appearances in all competitions. But it was only after his hat-trick in the 6-1 win against Brighton at the end of September (when he also registered an assist), which followed him getting the only goal in Villa’s previous Premier League game at Chelsea, that he was again named by Gareth Southgate in the England squad. Continue readingread full article

Source: TheGuardian