Ollie Watkins

Squad No. 11
Date of Birth December 30, 1995
Age 26
Height 180cm
Position Forward
Birthplace Torquay
Previous Clubs Brentford

Oliver George Arthur Watkins (born 30 December 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Aston Villa and the England national team.

Watkins is a product of the Exeter City academy and made his breakthrough at the club, winning the EFL Young Player of the Year award, before departing in 2017 for Brentford. He had a successful three-year spell at the club, culminating in being the joint top-scorer in the 2019–20 EFL Championship and being named EFL Championship Player of the Year in 2020. He signed for Aston Villa in September 2020.

On 9 September 2020, Watkins joined Premier League team Aston Villa on a five-year contract, for a club-record £28 million fee, which could rise to £33 million. In joining Aston Villa, Watkins was reunited with manager Dean Smith who had originally signed him for Brentford. On 15 September 2020, Watkins made his Aston Villa debut, scoring in a 3–1 away win in the EFL Cup against Burton Albion. He went on to make his Premier League debut on 21 September 2020, in a 1–0 home win against Sheffield United.

On 4 October 2020, Watkins scored his first Premier League goals, scoring through a left footed strike, a right footed strike and a header for a perfect hat-trick in a 7–2 home victory over champions Liverpool. It was Liverpool’s heaviest defeat in 57 years and was the first time in Premier League history that a reigning champion had conceded 7 goals in a single match.