New Aston Villa signing Ollie Watkins could have come at a hefty worth however Gabby Agbonlahor believes the striker might be price each penny.
Watkins joined the Premier League facet from Brentford in a deal that might rise as much as £33 million earlier this week.
There’s no denying his capacity although. The striker, 24, scored 25 targets within the Championship final season because the Bees narrowly missed out on promotion.
He’s by no means performed within the prime flight however ex-Villa frontman can’t wait to see him play within the Premier League.
Agbonlahor instructed talkSPORT Breakfast: “Anyone that’s scored that many targets within the Championship has received to return at a worth. He’s at a great age and there’s an excellent sell-on worth for the membership as properly.
“The signings of Mbwana Samatta and Wesley – they haven’t labored, have they? They haven’t received the targets, they haven’t regarded like Premier League strikers.
“For me, Watkins is the proper signing. He’s received tempo, he’s a goalscorer and he’s hungry. He’s performed below Dean Smith earlier than [at Brentford] so Dean Smith will get one of the best out of him.
“I’m actually excited concerning the signing. I do know it’s a giant payment however you is perhaps trying again in a years’ time and say ‘wow, this lad scored ten Premier League targets.”
Agbonlahor additionally had his say on Jack Grealish’s England debut and like all Villa followers (and just about each single England fan), he believes Grealish deserved a greater crack on the whip.
Grealish obtained his first Three Lions call-up, following a lot of squad withdrawals, for his or her Nations League clashes in opposition to Iceland and Denmark.
He didn’t function in opposition to Iceland as England scraped to a 1-Zero victory in Reykjavik.
Nevertheless, there was outcry from followers and a lot of former gamers as Grealish sat on the bench for many of a good encounter in opposition to the Danes.
England followers’ prayers have been finally answered when Southgate introduced on Grealish – within the 76th minute.
Regardless of his quick time on the pitch within the goalless draw, stats revealed that he created extra possibilities than Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips mixed.
And Agbonlahor might consider that Grealish wasn’t introduced on at half time on the EARLIEST.
He added: “Every other England supervisor would’ve stated at half time not less than, ‘Jack’s on’.
“There was no creativity, nobody was taking them [Denmark] on, the sport’s crying out for the No.10 who can get the ball and take somebody on.
“He gave him 14 minutes. In that 14 minutes, he creates MORE possibilities than Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane and Declan Rice.
“He’ll be taking a look at these two video games that he’s been concerned in and considering ‘I can achieve this a lot for this staff, simply give me an opportunity, give me a begin. I’m enjoying with the likes of Sterling, Sancho and Kane. Simply thrown me in there! Why are you enjoying 5 on the again and two defensive midfielders?’
“Managers could be cussed can’t they? He’s not known as Grealish up, there have been a number of withdrawals and he’s needed to convey Jack due to possibly stress from the media.
“So he [Southgate] might be considering ‘oh, he [Grealish] isn’t approaching. Mason Mount, prepare, you’re on first.’
“You set Jack in there and that’s going to take two gamers to cease him and that opens up house for Sterling or Sancho. The issue in opposition to Denmark and Iceland is that they didn’t have that risk they usually might double up on Sterling and Sancho.
“What I like is that’s it’s not simply Aston Villa followers calling for it [for Grealish to play more], it’s the entire nation.”