Why Watkins is scoring goals at a record pace in his drive for Europe

Before Saturday's game against Newcastle, Adrian Clarke highlights Villa's hot striker.

In preparation for Matchweek 31, Adrian Clarke analyzes the game's most crucial tactical considerations and the players who could play a deciding role.

An in-depth look at Ollie Watkins as a player

Watkins has scored nine times in his last eleven games, putting him in prime shape for Saturday's midday home showdown against Newcastle United.

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Watkins has scored goals against Leicester City, Arsenal, and Chelsea by outrunning the final defender and racing in alone.

On the other hand, he has scored two headers and two calm, clinical finishes from within the box during his scoring streak.

Unlike Steven Gerrard, who agonized over whether to start Watkins or Danny Ings, Unai Emery had little trouble deciding that the former Brentford star should be his first-choice striker.

Watkins has scored in 10 of Villa's 17 Premier League games under Emery, and that's a telling stat.

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Watkins scores against Nott'm Forest.

Only Christian Benteke, Juan Pablo Angel, and Dwight Yorke have scored more goals for the club than Watkins's 12 in a single season.

On top of that, he is scoring goals at a Premier League record clip.

The average number of minutes per goal scored by Watkins by season

SeasonGoalsMins/goal
2020/2114237.8
2021/2211268.6
2022/2312201.6

Fabian Schar and Sven Botman have been instrumental in Newcastle's stellar defensive play this year.

But the duo had a tougher time than normal against Ivan Toney and Brentford's Watkins in their most recent match, and this matchup between two clubs in the hunt for European qualifying should be no different

the top six

PosTeamPlGDPts
1 ARS30+4373
2 MCI29+4867
3 NEW29+2756
4 MUN29+756
5 TOT30+1353
6 AVL30+147

His versatility as a finisher and excellent movement around the ring makes him a formidable opponent.

Because of his ability to create shooting opportunities within the penalty area, he is tied for fifth in the Premier League this season.

Shots inside the penalty area, 22/23.

PlayerShots inside the box
Erling Haaland87
Harry Kane82
Mohamed Salah76
Aleksandar Mitrovic74
Ollie Watkins63
Ivan Toney63

Watkins faces off against an in-form forward in Newcastle's Alexander Isak, who has scored five goals in his last five games.

Like Watkins, he is one of the most clinical strikers in the league, with a high percentage of his shots going in.

Here's a breakdown of Villa's dramatic finish

Isak has the highest shot accuracy (90 percent) among players with at least five goals this season.

Only Roberto Firmino, who has a 72.2% success rate, is a striker in between Isak and Watkins.

Precision shooting 22/23*

PlayerShooting accuracy
Alexander Isak90.0%
Roberto Firmino78.6%
Rodrigo Bentancur75.0%
Phil Foden73.1%
Ollie Watkins72.2%
Son Heung-min71.1%

Score at least five goals

If opportunities present themselves, either Isak or Watkins may be counted on to capitalize.

Up next: Why Man Utd need Eriksen back on the field

Furthermore, in this series

Part One: The Decisive Playing Fields of the MW31

 


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