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As Banana said in the other thread:

He's an absolute star. Brilliant on the pitch, trains hard, first line of defence (and last too), runs and runs, never injured, model pro, no-one hates him, community focused, absolute gent, just brilliant. I am going to miss him.

Ivan, you have big boots to fill mate.
Says it all. A very good professional and level headed young man.
 

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Yep, what banana said. Goes with our blessing and eternal gratitude. Look forward to cheering you on for England.
 

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He was such a class act for us on and off the pitch.

I wish him well, and an England call up, which was hopefully included as one of the add ons, must surely follow.
 

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Fantastic for us both on and off the pitch.
Stand outs for me were his performance in the play off semi final at GP, and his lovely friendship with Woody.
A true class act.
Best of luck OW you deserve it!!!
 

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Lovely chap and a player who has improved so much in his time here. Hope Villa look after him and appreciate him. Ollie will be going for the top.
 
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Shame but was always on the cards and he deserves it.

Won't forget that performance against Swansea in the 2nd leg. Immense, one of the best performances I've seen a player put in.

We've done it again....£££ :D :laugh:
 

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Thanks a million for your superb efforts for the Bees - I can't speak highly enough of you during your time with us. I wish you tremendous success in the future (apart from when playing us of course) - you thoroughly deserve it, young man.
 

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He will definitely be missed but for that kind of transfer fee we were never going to say no. I can see him getting 12-15 goals next season. Obviously the better he does the more we benefit so it's in our interest to wish him all the best!

Good luck to him.
 

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All the best Oli we improved you and you improved us,your hard work has set a good example of what can be achieved take note Ivan
 

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Great goal scorer, hard worker and impeccable behaviour on and off the pitch.

A real role model for young professional footballers.
 

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Thanks for everything Ollie, you set the highest standards both on and off the pitch, we will miss you for sure. Hope you smash it at Villa!
 

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Message to any Villa fans who visit this site - you have an absolute diamond here... FFS treat him well!
 

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Privileged to have watched you grace the hollowed GP turf and grateful for your help in propelling our fantastic club to ever greater heights

Thank you and best wishes
 

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Forum > Brentford Football Club > News of Former Bees > Ollie Watkins

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Olli do not know a bees fan that has said a bad word about you. You got out of what you put in, everything. You are a top pro, and you deserve it all.
 

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Well done and well deserved move to the Prem for Ollie.

In my 67 years supporting The Bees he stands out as the greatest athlete I have seen in our colours; add to that his proven football ability and I can only marvel that we managed to keep hold of him for so long.

A really hard trainer, working for the team on the pitch and a genuine nice guy off it.

A role model for anybody wanting to become a professional footballer.

Thanks for the memories Ollie.
 

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Always going to happen but still sad when it has, the Brentford model goes on stronger each year but he would have been with us had we managed to get over that line. Nothing but good wishes from here, very down to Earth and humble guy.

I'm sure Toney will rip it up this year, and he can take pens as well! But we go on. Villa need to make sure they stay up now...
 

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I know the initial story was blown out of the water on the basis of his new contract last year, but any truth in this:

"He had a £18mil non-promotion release clause for clubs in the top 10 of the PL. Brentford started a bidding war further down the table and Villa the most persistent."

Great work by Phil AND Ras if true......

https://mobile.twitter.com/TransferChecker/status/1303318157315248129
 

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I know the initial story was blown out of the water on the basis of his new contract last year, but any truth in this:

"He had a £18mil non-promotion release clause for clubs in the top 10 of the PL. Brentford started a bidding war further down the table and Villa the most persistent."

Great work by Phil AND Ras if true......

https://mobile.twitter.com/TransferChecker/status/1303318157315248129
Sounds like some people don't want to admit they've been peddling made up nonsense and have been proved wrong.
 

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Am I the only person who doesn't necessarily think he'll thrive in the Premier League like he did here? I have the utmost respect for the amount of work he put in, both on being able to play as a striker and just in a general sense in each match, but I'm still not convinced he had that natural 'something-out-of-nothing' ability the top strikers need. Lots of his goals were absolutely laid on a proverbial plate for him.

He was a fantastic poacher in the end and lots of his goals came from tap-ins or even headers where he had plenty of space, but I just don't think he'll be afforded anywhere near that level of opportunity in the Premier League. That hat-trick of headers away at Barnsley kinda sums up the type of goal I came to expect from him. Though yes, you absolutely have to give him credit for consistently being in the right place at the right time.

I suppose I essentially don't think he's £20m better than Ivan Toney.


He comes across as a very intelligent lad with the kind of attitude you want to see in football these days so I hope I couldn't be more wrong here and he's truly learned the art of being a centre forward.


But for now my primary reaction to this transfer is; Ch-ching
 

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Am I the only person who doesn't necessarily think he'll thrive in the Premier League like he did here? I have the utmost respect for the amount of work he put in, both on being able to play as a striker and just in a general sense in each match, but I'm still not convinced he had that natural 'something-out-of-nothing' ability the top strikers need. Lots of his goals were absolutely laid on a proverbial plate for him.

He was a fantastic poacher in the end and lots of his goals came from tap-ins or even headers where he had plenty of space, but I just don't think he'll be afforded anywhere near that level of opportunity int the Premier League. That hat-trick of headers away at Barnsley kinda sums up the type of goal I came to expect from him. Though yes, you absolutely have to give him credit for consistently being in the right place at the right time.

I suppose I essentially don't think he's £20m better than Ivan Toney.


He comes across as a very intelligent lad with the kind of attitude you want to see in football these days so I hope I couldn't be more wrong here and he's truly learned the art of being a centre forward.


But for now my primary reaction to this transfer is; Ch-ching
Ofcourse aston villa in the prem wont be creating the same amount of chances we did etc but i think last season he showed his importance was alot more than goals and he will offer villa relentless pressing, clever movement and a physical presence which will keep defenders on their toes.

28m is alot of money but i think he will do well for villa and they will end up loving him as us and exeter have done
 

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Hard to say how well Villa will do...they weren't good enough last year, and just about survived. I had them to go down about a month ago for this coming campaign.

Matty Cash and Ollie Watkins certainly do make the team a little closer to how Dean Smith likes to play, though the former is a very expansive attacking option. If they take the game to the opposition more then I can see it fitting together. If they just put everyone in their own box again and hope for a point then neither of these signings will do particularly well. There aren't a lot of standout relegation candidates at the moment in the Prem, and Villa are one of them. Them, WBA, Fulham and Palace are probably the most likely to go down, with Brighton and maybe Newcastle above that. I can still see them going down...
 

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Am I the only person who doesn't necessarily think he'll thrive in the Premier League like he did here? I have the utmost respect for the amount of work he put in, both on being able to play as a striker and just in a general sense in each match, but I'm still not convinced he had that natural 'something-out-of-nothing' ability the top strikers need. Lots of his goals were absolutely laid on a proverbial plate for him.

He was a fantastic poacher in the end and lots of his goals came from tap-ins or even headers where he had plenty of space, but I just don't think he'll be afforded anywhere near that level of opportunity in the Premier League. That hat-trick of headers away at Barnsley kinda sums up the type of goal I came to expect from him. Though yes, you absolutely have to give him credit for consistently being in the right place at the right time.

I suppose I essentially don't think he's £20m better than Ivan Toney.


He comes across as a very intelligent lad with the kind of attitude you want to see in football these days so I hope I couldn't be more wrong here and he's truly learned the art of being a centre forward.


But for now my primary reaction to this transfer is; Ch-ching
I personally do think he will thrive in the Premier League but I also think it's not a given. Not many things are.

If Villa are anything like they were last season, chances will obviously be much fewer and farther between compared to what he has been used to. I think his success will need to be judged on more than just goals scored. As for comparisons with Ivan T, it's impossible to say yet.
 

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I personally do think he will thrive in the Premier League but I also think it's not a given. Not many things are.

If Villa are anything like they were last season, chances will obviously be much fewer and farther between compared to what he has been used to. I think his success will need to be judged on more than just goals scored. As for comparisons with Ivan T, it's impossible to say yet.
I’ve never been surer. I had more doubt about Maupay (albeit slight). His ball skills are immense and , in my opinion, his tough athleticism is unsurpassed at this club. I just hope that Dean Smith and his team can see the room for improvement, so those add-ons come sooner rather than later.
 

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Well done well deserved and I wish you all the best Ollie.

I think young Woody from the paddock will be mighty upset though.
That little lad absolutely adored Mr Watkins.
 

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Well done well deserved and I wish you all the best Ollie.

I think young Woody from the paddock will be mighty upset though.
That little lad absolutely adored Mr Watkins.
Knowing how Ollie is he will probably give the lad a ring and say goodbye
 

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Ollie epitomises "new Brentford". Bundles of talent but also works tremendously hard for the team on the pitch and is a credit to himself and club off of it. He has been a fantastic servant for Brentford Football Club and I have no doubt will be pivotal to any success Villa have this season.
 

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Ollie is the identikit modern central striker.
Tall, physically robust, quick, good first touch, two-footed, decent finisher, can beat a man and much improved in the air and positionally. His work-rate and attitude are amazing.
Thomas is absolutely spot on to call him a beast, never subbed, yet never stopped running.
To the bloke who claimed he only scores „tap-ins“, ask yourself how he finds space in a crowded penalty area, about 30 coincidences last season? Oh and I refer you to Blackburn Home, Swansea play off home and Stoke away the Season before last.

I actually think Ollie still has more to give in terms of taking defenders on more. If he lacks one thing it might be a touch of self belief / arrogance.

I still think he will make it in the Prem and will tick all add-on boxes as well. I can imagine him returning to London for a Top 6 side, so hope we have a juicy sell-on.

Best striker I ever saw for us bar none.
 

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One of my favourite away games last season was Barnsley away .. it was cold and pissed down the whole 90 mins but to watch you score a hat trick of headers was brilliant absolutely brilliant .. good luck Ollie .. Brentford legend
 

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Can't see why he won't do well. Perhaps not against the top 6 but the rest of the teams aren't that much different from Championship, bar a few marquee players.
 

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I genuinely wish him all the best. He always gave 100% to the club both on and off the field and epitomised our ethics. Hopefully will encourage others to join the club and the journey.
 

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Am I the only person who doesn't necessarily think he'll thrive in the Premier League like he did here? I have the utmost respect for the amount of work he put in, both on being able to play as a striker and just in a general sense in each match, but I'm still not convinced he had that natural 'something-out-of-nothing' ability the top strikers need. Lots of his goals were absolutely laid on a proverbial plate for him.

He was a fantastic poacher in the end and lots of his goals came from tap-ins or even headers where he had plenty of space, but I just don't think he'll be afforded anywhere near that level of opportunity in the Premier League. That hat-trick of headers away at Barnsley kinda sums up the type of goal I came to expect from him. Though yes, you absolutely have to give him credit for consistently being in the right place at the right time.

I suppose I essentially don't think he's £20m better than Ivan Toney.


He comes across as a very intelligent lad with the kind of attitude you want to see in football these days so I hope I couldn't be more wrong here and he's truly learned the art of being a centre forward.

But for now my primary reaction to this transfer is; Ch-ching
You could well be proven correct. My primary reaction is also very much Ch-ching, because we’ve got really decent money for a player that people on here were saying last year is ‘not a striker’. I wish him all the very best on a personal level, but am not particularly bothered whether it works out for Villa or not, except the add-ons would be nice.
 

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Am I the only person who doesn't necessarily think he'll thrive in the Premier League like he did here? I have the utmost respect for the amount of work he put in, both on being able to play as a striker and just in a general sense in each match, but I'm still not convinced he had that natural 'something-out-of-nothing' ability the top strikers need. Lots of his goals were absolutely laid on a proverbial plate for him.

He was a fantastic poacher in the end and lots of his goals came from tap-ins or even headers where he had plenty of space, but I just don't think he'll be afforded anywhere near that level of opportunity in the Premier League. That hat-trick of headers away at Barnsley kinda sums up the type of goal I came to expect from him. Though yes, you absolutely have to give him credit for consistently being in the right place at the right time.

I suppose I essentially don't think he's £20m better than Ivan Toney.


He comes across as a very intelligent lad with the kind of attitude you want to see in football these days so I hope I couldn't be more wrong here and he's truly learned the art of being a centre forward.


But for now my primary reaction to this transfer is; Ch-ching
I agree he might not be the sort of striker to make his own chances regardless of the quality of service and that this might be a problem if Villa aren’t able to get the ball to him in danger areas.

But in terms of his ability, I think the thing to do is to consider whether, had we gone up, we’d be thinking “hmm, not sure Ollie’s up to it, we need an upgrade”. I think, in that alternate reality, if we kept Ollie and Said we’d be quietly confident and more so with Toney as back up, adjusting to the leap up and champing at the bit for a chance to become a starter in the PL.

That in itself is a sign of how good we really think Ollie is. If he doesn’t score many due to being in a poor team but carries on doing the hard work he’ll still be an attractive prospect for another more adventurous club. So a good move all round.
 

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His biggest problem might be that Villa just aren't very good. But that could change if they continue to spend, spend, spend.
 

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Probably one of the hardest working players that I have ever seen at GP. He deserves his shot at the Premier League (just a shame it's not with us) and I only hope that Villa are able to get the best out of him. They will certainly have to alter their approach from last year to achieve that.
 

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You could well be proven correct. My primary reaction is also very much Ch-ching, because we’ve got really decent money for a player that people on here were saying last year is ‘not a striker’. I wish him all the very best on a personal level, but am not particularly bothered whether it works out for Villa or not, except the add-ons would be nice.
Although I think it’s in our interests for him and other players we sell to go and do well - it strengthens both our ability to attract young talent and our position when selling. If lots of players flopped after leaving us for big money (i.e. Hogan) I suspect buying clubs Might have that in mind.
 

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His development last season was incredible. I couldn’t see how he could replace Neal but he really did - attitude, work rate, physical presence, finishing and even a bit of sh*tehousery. No reason he can’t continue to improve in the prem both from new team mates and those he plays against. I wish him well.
 

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Hard to say how well Villa will do...they weren't good enough last year, and just about survived. I had them to go down about a month ago for this coming campaign.

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Didn't they drop the most points from winning positions? If they turned some of these into wins or draws they would have survived easily. After lockdown they tightened up defensively and started picking up more points.
 

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