Ollie Watkins concern at Aston Villa addressed by BBC pundit
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Alan Hutton isn’t worrying about Ollie Watkins’ form even though the Aston Villa striker has now gone two games without a goal in the Premier League.
Normally, it wouldn’t be a discussion point if a striker went 180 minutes without scoring but the last time it happened to 27-year-old Watkins was when he went three games without a league goal between 1 January and 13 January.
Since then, Watkins has scored in 10 out of 14 appearances.
On Tuesday night, the ex-Brentford striker failed to find the back of the net in a 1-0 win over Fulham and Hutton was asked by Villa News if he’s worried about that.
However, the ex-Villa right-back maintains that he’s not concerned by Watkins’ form being no more than a flash in the pan.
Hutton said: “It could last for two or three weeks with it not being a problem.
“It’s normal for strikers to go through purple patches where everything they touch goes into the back of the net and then they have two or three weeks where they don’t have a sniff.
“I think if Watkins continues to play to his strengths, the team is always going to be looking for him to play him in and make stuff happen.
“As long as he keeps getting chances, he will take one of them. We’ve seen he’s a really good finisher.
“I don’t see it being a problem even if he goes a number of weeks without scoring. We know he’s more than capable of doing it.”
Watkins has now scored 15 goals in 35 appearances across all competitions for Aston Villa this season.