Ollie Watkins took Darren Bent to activity on Friday’s Drivetime over the previous Tottenham striker’s latest claims that Brentford’s Ivan Toney is a greater finisher than him.
Watkins has bagged eight objectives in 18 appearances for Dean Smith’s Aston Villa since becoming a member of the Premier League facet from the Bees in a club-record £28million deal which might rise to £33m with add-ons.
Toney, in the meantime, has confirmed to be a more-than-able substitute having already scored 16 objectives in 24 league video games for the Championship promotion-chasers.
Regardless of at present plying their commerce in numerous leagues, Bent steered that it was ex-Newcastle frontman Toney who confirmed a extra scientific streak in entrance of aim when talking earlier this month.
“I like him, I actually like him,” Bent stated on punditry responsibility for Sky Sports activities when Tottenham performed Brentford within the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.
“His motion is completely excellent. Senses the place the hazard goes to be and will get himself in there.
“He’s good within the air and he has two good toes. However the place I feel he excels to a Ollie Watkins and a [Neal] Maupay is that I feel he’s extra scientific. In and round that field together with his ending. I feel he’s extra cultured to his ending.
“He has obtained extra to his sport and there are several types of finishes. Whereas Watkins is a really, excellent participant and he would possibly say that he’s slightly bit higher than him all spherical. However in and across the aim if I give them each a possibility to attain a aim then I fancy Ivan Toney.”
Watkins heard Bent’s remarks on the evening and quizzed the previous Villa striker about these claims when the interview concluded.
Talking forward of Villa’s journey to Southampton on Saturday evening – dwell on talkSPORT 2 – Watkins stated: “I used to be watching the Tottenham sport when Brentford had been taking part in and also you stated about Ivan Toney being a greater finisher. How come you suppose that’s?”
Bent responded: “The number of his ending. I’ve watched him for a very long time and once I’ve seen him, left foot, proper foot – I feel he’s simply obtained slightly bit extra composure.
“I’m not saying he scores greater than you, however there’s a few finishes of his I’ve gone ‘oh, okay’. I’ve been fairly shocked as I didn’t know he had it in his locker. I feel it’s minimal, however that was why I stated that.”
In the meantime, Watkins is assured that he could make Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer time’s European Championship if he continues firing in entrance of aim.
“You must dream huge and set your self targets. I don’t suppose it’s unrealistic if I’m taking part in nicely and scoring I really feel like I’ll get a possibility,” Watkins said.
“I’ve simply to consider and carry out week in, week out for Villa.”