Ollie Watkins

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I hope you are right and I'm sure City are in a a much better position than most EFL clubs. But listening to a recent episode of the always excellent Price of Football podcast the football finance expert Kieran Maguire outlined a few points which made me ponder. I think the gist of these were that 1) most big transfer deals are paid in installments ( as in the case of Watkins' move to Villa); 2) this has left many millions (billions?) owing between clubs; 3) many clubs (even big clubs) are not being run in a financially sustainable way; 4) If one or more of these clubs were to go belly up they would leave substantial amounts of transfer monies unpaid, which could have a serious implication on others. 5) Covid hits income streams beyond just people coming through turnstiles and big clubs aren't immune. He drew comparisons with the conditions before the 2008 financial crash.
It made me think.
 
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I hope you are right and I'm sure City are in a a much better position than most EFL clubs. But listening to a recent episode of the always excellent Price of Football podcast the football finance expert Kieran Maguire outlined a few points which made me ponder. I think the gist of these were that 1) most big transfer deals are paid in installments ( as in the case of Watkins' move to Villa); 2) this has left many millions (billions?) owing between clubs; 3) many clubs (even big clubs) are not being run in a financially sustainable way; 4) If one or more of these clubs were to go belly up they would leave substantial amounts of transfer monies unpaid, which could have a serious implication on others. 5) Covid hits income streams beyond just people coming through turnstiles and big clubs aren't immune. He drew comparisons with the conditions before the 2008 financial crash.
It made me think.
Oh Sh1t - I wont sleep now !
 

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In an idle moment I thought I'd see what Villa fans make of Ollie so far.

https://www.villatalk.com/topic/20598-ollie-watkins/page/163/ onwards makes interesting reading, following their 0-3 away win at Bristol City last Thursday (in which he failed to score).

I don't have Villa fans down as the most optimistic of sorts (why would they be?) but they do seem to be taken with their new forward...
 

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Sky commentators made plenty of approving comments about Ollie’s all round performance the other night against Fulham.
 

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This from the Guardian's story on Villa having the best transfer window:

"Watkins has done even better, scoring in both rounds of the cup. He will be desperate to get off the mark in the league, but his movement and tireless work ethic have already helped Villa play 10 yards higher up the pitch and alleviate pressure on the defence."

 

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I didn’t watch it , but knowing Ollie I expect he worked very hard as usual.
He did, and looks to have developed a good understanding with Grealish already. I think he is also surprising defenders with his pace and strength.

Needs to relax though. Looked absolutely desperate to score against Fulham - probably saw them as a good chance to get his first goal in the League.
 

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Might find Villa fans won't be so supportive after losing for the first time this season, at home to Stoke (Ollie sub, came on in 71st minute). Must be said Brentford are looking great without him, Benrahma is on fire!
 

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Might find Villa fans won't be so supportive after losing for the first time this season, at home to Stoke (Ollie sub, came on in 71st minute). Must be said Brentford are looking great without him, Benrahma is on fire!
I doubt if they will hold him responsible for that defeat.

A goal on Sunday home to Liverpool would go down nicely, though...
 
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