Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins would be a “magnificent” signing for Liverpool, according to Alex McLeish. 

However, the former Villa and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 25-year-old would be a success at any club he moved to.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, Liverpool are keeping tabs on Watkins ahead of a possible transfer move either this summer or in the future.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa smashed their transfer record to sign the striker for an initial £28million from Brentford last summer.

He has excelled in his debut Premier League season, with 12 goals in 31 top-flight appearances.

His performances even earned him a call-up to the England squad back in March.

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Watkins came off the bench to score on his international debut against San Marino.

McLeish lauded the former Exeter City man for his energy, pace and movement which has caused defenders nightmares throughout his career.

As such, he insisted Watkins would thrive at any top club, not just Liverpool.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I could see Ollie going anywhere in the world and being a magnificent footballer within the team.

“He has got energy to burn, he’s quick, he’s elusive to defenders. He came into Villa no problem, it clicked right away.

“I believe that Ollie Watkins could go anywhere.”

Watkins signed a five-year deal when he arrived at Villa Park last summer.

While he has played solely as a striker this season, he featured as a winger earlier in his career.

In other news, a 25-year-old will “never play for Liverpool” after major January development, claims pundit.