Pundit delighted by BBC Sport update on Ollie Watkins, the hero of Aston Villa, following official contract news.
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Alan Hutton is delighted to see Ollie Watkins put pen to paper on a new contract at Aston Villa.
The 27-year-old striker has signed a “long-term contract” with the West Midlands team, it was announced on Friday (6 October).
According to BBC Sport, the contract has a five-year term.
For the Villans this season, Watkins has scored seven goals in 13 appearances across all competitions. Last season, Watkins was likewise in excellent form for Unai Emery.
Hutton thinks the ex-Brentford striker is loving life under the Spanish manager and is happy to see that he’s committed himself to Villa Park after such lengthy contract talks.
“He’s tied down on a long contract and he was well worth it,” Hutton told Villa News.
“He’s been excellent and he’s been called up to the England squad as well, which he’ll be more than happy about.
“Even if Watkins isn’t scoring, he’s contributing in games. He does that better now than he used to. Maybe when he wasn’t scoring, you wouldn’t see him. But now, if he isn’t he’s added assists to his game, he’s holding the ball up, he’s linking play – he’s added to his game and has become a better player.
“He looks happy where he is and that’s the main thing. If he’s happy where he is playing for Unai Emery and enjoying his football, he’s going to go from strength to strength.
“I’m really happy to see him sign a long-term deal.”
In other Aston Villa news, Louie Barry could be fighting for his future at Villa Park as his latest deal may be terminated early.