Chelsea eyeing Ollie Watkins in January transfer window 

September 12, 2023 12:06 pm

Chelsea’s summer transfer window may have recently closed, but the club is already strategizing for their January moves. The Blues, under the ownership of Todd Boehly for just over a year, have remarkably spent over £1 billion on transfers, signaling their commitment to success.

Despite the substantial investments, Chelsea’s attacking lineup has left fans scratching their heads. Nicolas Jackson, a 22-year-old signed from Villarreal for £32 million, has only netted one goal this season. With Christopher Nkunku sidelined due to injury, it’s evident that they need more firepower up front to thrive under Mauricio Pochettino. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet. 

Currently sitting at 12th place in the Premier League with only four points, Chelsea’s disappointing start emphasizes their desperate need for more goal-scoring capability.

Enter Ollie Watkins, an English striker who has caught the eye of Chelsea’s decision-makers. Reports from GiveMeSport suggest that Watkins is high on Pochettino’s wish list. The 27-year-old, valued at around £35 million, has less than two years left on his £75,000-per-week contract with Aston Villa.

Although Villa manager Unai Emery views Watkins as a crucial part of the team’s future, Chelsea appears confident in their ability to lure him away.

Watkins has been playing in the Premier League since 2020, proving his goal-scoring prowess in England’s top flight, something Chelsea’s current strikers have struggled to do. Although he hasn’t scored in the league this season, Watkins had a breakout campaign last year, contributing to 21 goals (15 goals and 6 assists) in 37 league appearances.

His performances have garnered widespread acclaim, with former England international Dean Ashton describing him as “fantastic.” Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has even dubbed him an “unstoppable” goal machine. Watkins has also successfully transitioned to international football, scoring twice in seven appearances for the Three Lions.

While Chelsea’s pursuit of Ollie Watkins is not confirmed, it could hold the key to solving their lack of goal-scoring prowess, providing the boost they need to climb the Premier League table and contend for silverware. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on Nextbet Sports