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Watkins putting too much pressure on himself - Smith

Tuesday26 January 2021 | 15:10
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Watkins has failed to score in recent weeks and has had a weak run.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes Ollie Watkins has put too much pressure on him to score in the last 18 months.

Watkins was a top scorer at Brentford, scoring 25 goals in his last season in the Championship and joining

Aston Villa

in the summer. He also scored six goals in his first seven Premier League games, including a hat-trick against Liverpool in their exceptional 7-2 win. Watkins also scored a double against Arsenal but failed to score in the next two and a half months. Now Smith claims that his team's striker has put too much pressure on him to return to the scoring process.

“All goalscorers and centre-forwards will tell you they’re not that worried (about not scoring), but really they just want to score goals and Ollie is the same,”

Smith said ahead of Villa’s trip to Burnley on Wednesday evening.

“His mentality has changed since he became a centre-forward at Brentford last season and his mentality is now about scoring goals.

“I’ve said it before that his work ethic has endeared him to all staff members and players here. Nobody was putting any pressure on him apart from himself.”

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