Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins 'bullied' Newcastle with stunning brace, Unai Emery has transformed him into an 'absolute monster'
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Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins has been hailed for his red-hot goalscoring form after fans suggested that Unai Emery has turned him into an “absolute monster.”
Watkins has been in sensational form since the Premier League resumed after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the 27-year-old Villa star scoring 12 times and registering three assists.
The England international found the back of the net against Newcastle after his touch to Emi Buendia allowed his teammate to pick out Alex Moreno on the left.
Watkins then received the ball from a low cross and the in-form Villa forward took one touch before turning and finishing to put his side 2-0 up.
The in-form Villa star then completed his brace in the 83rd minute after Buendia played a low cross into his path, with Watkins’ low shot taking a slight deflection.
Fans flocked to social media to praise Watkins for his remarkable form for Villa, with one supporter suggesting Emery’s side could challenge for the top four.
One fan said: “When did Ollie Watkins turn into Zlatan Ibrahimovic?”
Someone else added: “He’s been frustrating over the past few seasons but what a rich vein of form he’s currently in!”
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“Ollie Watkins has ABSOLUTELY bullied the Newcastle defence,” a third tweeted.
Another Twitter user wrote: “Emery has created an absolute monster in Ollie Watkins.”
While one fan commented: “Ollie Watkins is playing at a top, top level. Villa in [the] top four by end of the season if he keeps this up?”
A sixth posted: “Ollie Watkins is the hottest striker in the teams below the top two... no doubt!”
Villa are sixth in the league table after their 3-0 victory over Newcastle, but Emery’s men are only three points behind fifth-place Tottenham.
And the Premier League side are six points adrift of fourth-place Manchester United and third-place Newcastle.