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"The league suits me"

Ollie Watkins looks back on his opening month at Griffin Park

2 September 2017

Brentford’s new wing-wizard Ollie Watkins feels that life in the Sky Bet Championship suits him well. Last year’s EFL Young Player of the Year has scored twice in his opening six games since his move from Exeter City in the summer and feels he's adapted well to the step up from Sky Bet League Two.

“Personally it has been good because I have featured in a lot of the games but we haven’t got off to the best of starts results wise,” Ollie told iFollow Brentford. “I feel the team has played well but we just haven’t got the three points which is the most important thing. I feel that the league suits me. I like to play with the ball on the floor and it suits me better. The lads are a great bunch and they have made me feel very welcome.”

The 21-year-old arrived with a big reputation after scoring 16 goals in 52 games as The Grecians reached the Sky Bet League Two Play-Off final last season. It took Ollie just two games to get off the mark in West London with his first league goal coming a week later.  

“It is always nice to get that first goal as it takes the pressure off,” admitted Ollie. “Getting the first goal is the hardest one and there are many more to come. I didn’t feel under any pressure. The only pressure that I feel is the pressure that I put on myself. I thought that I was ready for the step. Hopefully I can show all the people who were looking forward to me taking this step what I can do.”

The Bees have endured a slow start to the season in the second tier, picking up just two points from their opening five matches. After the international break, they return with games against Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading, Derby County, and Middlesbrough and Ollie believes this is the perfect time for him, and the team, to show what they are about.

“I look forward to testing my abilities against the better teams in the league and seeing how I do and how the team does,” said Ollie. “I am confident that we can get something out of these games. When we come back we will be hungry. The squad that we have got is one that is capable of doing something special this year. We don’t fear anyone and hopefully we can start to climb up the table.”


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