Brentford forward Ollie Watkins has been the subject of interest from Crystal Palace for some time now but following his starring role in the Bees’ impressive victory away at QPR on Monday night, his boss has dismissed talk of him moving on in January.
Still only 23, the former Exeter frontman has made great strides in terms of consistency at the head of the Brentford XI over the last 12 months and is consequently being talked about as a future Premier League star but according to his gaffer Thomas Frank speculation over his future really isn’t a pressing concern.
The Dane said of Watkins’ rumoured January sale:
“No. Why? He is enjoying it here.
I can only praise him for his work ethic – look how hard he works throughout the game.
That’s a massive, big thing for us. We were pressing high constantly in the second half – chasing everything and keep on pushing up. His focus is on developing and wanting to get better.”
As is almost always the case, Palace’s chances of landing a player as highly prized as Watkins in the middle of the season will be slim, with the far more likely outcome being a resumption of serious talks in the summer of 2020, should he not have moved onto pastures new already.
I’ve made no secret of my desire to see Watkins join Palace at some stage, with age, technical ability and room for improvement all working in his favour but as everyone knows, there’s lots of water set to pass under the bridge before we can seriously start talking about him donning red and blue.
Frank was never likely to counter the above question with any other response, the key to all of this is whether or not there is willing from the player himself for the move to take place. That is something which will only become clear in the fullness of time.