Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins will “get an endless supply” of opportunities and could score plenty of goals this season, according to Kevin Phillips.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the 1999/2000 Premier League golden boot winner was impressed with his hattrick against Liverpool last weekend because of the “different types” of goals he scored.
The 24-year-old scored a ‘perfect’ hattrick in the first half with a header and finishes with both his left and right foot and he also contributed an assist in their 7-2 win.
Watkins signed for Villa from Brentford last month for a potential £33million fee after he worked with the Villans’ boss Dean Smith at the Bees.
Asked by Football Insider about his start to the season, Phillips said: “I said I hope he hits the ground running and I hope he scores goals.
“I’ve said all along that I liked how he developed at Brentford, he was getting better and better.
“My only worry was was he going to get enough opportunities and chances at Villa?
“I think bringing Ross Barkley in was a good signing. Having Jack Grealish setting him up as well. Bertrand Traore as well.
“He will get an endless supply and the kid can score goals. You saw the goals he scored the other night, all different types of ones.
“The one where he got the simple header, he was in the right place at the right time.
“I’m not going to get too carried away because of course Teemu Pukki at Norwich started the season exceptionally well and then faded away.
“But at the minute he’s doing very, very well and he’s got to keep doing what he’s doing.”
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