When Olli Watkins took a step from the football championship with Brentford to the Premier League with Aston Villa, everyone’s question would be whether his talent as a goal scorer could flourish in the English top flight.
He was not an unknown number, given that he was the joint top scorer in the 2019/20 championship and was named Player of the Year at the 2020 EFL Championship, but had never been tested against the big boys.
Since joining Villa in September 2020, Watkins has continued to rise, entering double figures in terms of goals scored in his Premier League debut campaign.
He was with him again over the weekend, opening the scoring in a 2-1 win over Everton, a game in which Dominic Calvert-Lewin called for a toffee before finishing on the losing side.
England manager Gareth Southgate watched from the stands in Goodison Park and he would surely be impressed by what he saw.
As the Daily Mail also notes, given that European Championship teams will now allow up to 26 players to be selected, Southgate may do worse than adding Watkins to its squad for the tournament.