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Is Watkins a Villa thriller or a two-season wonder?

Eyebrows were raised when Aston Villa paid a club-record fee to prise Ollie Watkins away from Brentford.

The winger-cum-forward had a career-best 10 Championship goals prior to last season.

Yet deployed as a centre forward by the Bees following Neal Maupay's Brighton move, the former Exeter man flourished — netting 25 times in English football's second tier.

Forking out £30million on a player with just one prolific season under his belt was a gamble for VIlla, though.

But it has paid off handsomely. Watkins has even been rewarded with an England debut this term, scoring against San Marino.

Ahead of this afternoon's Premier League clash with Manchester United, we consider whether he is a two-season wonder or the real deal.

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