Ollie Watkins interview: Brentford forward on rise from Exeter to Premier League promotion bid

He deserves everything hes going to get. I tipped him for a superstar and he will play international football.
Former Premier League and Republic of Ireland global Clinton Morrison hasnt doubted Exeter team-mate Ollie Watkins capacity.
The Brentford forward is now chasing his Premier League dream. He also scored his 20th objective of the Championship season to give the Bees a late victory against Middlesbrough on Saturday to maintain their promotion push.
But just what does Watkins believe has helped because swapping St James Park to get Griffin Park in July 2017 him to develop into the joint-top goalscorer at the Championship this year?
Speaking to Morrison, Watkins told Sky Sports News:I recall you always saying [at Exeter] youve got to remain in the box and itll come to you.
This year Ive accommodated and learnt how to find those tap-in objectives, the simple goals that are sometimes the toughest.
Im really enjoying it this year and hopefully I can go and score a few more goals.
Watkins, 24, was in the Conference South at Weston-super-Mare on loan and just at 2015 played League Two football three decades ago.
The Exeter academy merchandise is to credit for providing him the stage to make his initial strides in the senior game, boss Paul Tisdale, who also oversaw the development of Matt Grimes and Ethan Ampadu.
Tis gave me my opportunity, he explained. He didnt really put too much stress . He just let me express myself and go out and play
Watkins in November drew comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo from the Dane and has turned to a striker from a winger at the start of his career under Brentford head mentor Thomas Frank.
Speaking earlier in the summer, Frank said:He is definitely a couple nine today, because he is so elastic.
Cristiano Ronaldo did quite well initially as a winger. Hopefully Ollie can do something like
Despite the passing of last seasons leading goalscorer Neal Maupay to Brighton Brentford have continued their brand of soccer with Watkins in three alongside Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo.
The dynamic of the team allows me to not be a target man, but we all play the ball to feet a great deal, Watkins said.
I will run in supporting and utilize my pace. I think Ive adapted very well but clearly there is still a great deal of work to be accomplished.
He added:The amount of time this season the protector watches the ball and not me and I am just left to tap it is incredible.
I would rather score goals inside the box. At the end of the day folks like to examine the Sky Sports program and see that scores!
Brentford sit two points behind second-placed Leeds before hosting Marcelo Bielsas side on Tuesday and Watkins retains belief the club can celebrate moving to their new arena next year with Premier League football.
That could be the fantasy scenario, Watkins said.
But we have got to take each thing as it comes. Hopefully we beat [Leeds] then go onto another game and well see what happens.

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