By Azeem Siddiqui

12th May, 2022 | 11:10pm

View: Ollie Watkins no answer to West Ham’s top-six push

West Ham United have been linked with a move for Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins in the summer transfer window, as per the Guardian.

The report stated that the Hammers are looking to bolster their attacking force for the next season to push for a spot in the top six.

As things stand, they are placed in the seventh position of the league table, three points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.

Therefore, manager David Moyes has identified Watkins as the perfect candidate to solve the crisis upfront.

The report further stated that Villa will be asking for a fee in the region of £50million for their star forward.

Not the ideal candidate

West Ham’s intention of strengthening their attacking unit is a correct approach, especially with their first-choice striker Antonio having fitness issues.

However, looking at the profile of Watkins, it does not feel like he is the kind of forward who will help the side in achieving their objective of cementing a spot in the top-six next season.

Watkins has been around in the Premier League for the last two seasons but so far has not been that prolific in front of the goal, especially considering that Villa are likely to be demanding a hefty fee to let go of their prized asset.

The England international joined the Villa in the summer of 2020 and since then has represented his current club in 73 matches across all competitions, scoring 26 times.

Another feature which makes Watkins signing a little confusing is that he is very similar to Antonio as both depend heavily on their physical presence to create problems for the opposition’s defensive units.

This is not the way to go if we want top six football.

In other West Ham news, David Sullivan is set to offer £33million to another businessman to complete the takeover of an EFL club.