By Pranav Shahaney

20th Oct, 2022 | 2:10pm

Leeds United will reportedly have to spend big money if they want to sign Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins in the January transfer window.

According to the Daily Express, the England international would consider moving to another Premier League side after enduring a tough time under Steven Gerrard.

He moved to Villa Park in 2020 from Brentford for a £28million fee and has since been a first-team regular despite his erratic runs of form.

Right one?

This season, Watkins has been woeful in the final third and that’s not someone Leeds would want with Patrick Bamford already on the books.

Bamford is underperforming his xG by 3.38 and is yet to find the back of the net this season – when he should already have had three goals to his name.

Watkins has not been as bad but even he is underperforming by 1.64 and Leeds need someone who’s clinical and will bury the half chances.

Like Bamford, Watkins offers a lot off the ball and is great at closing teams down and leading the press but goals are an important part of a striker’s repertoire.

For the money Villa are likely to demand, it does not make any sense for Leeds to make that kind of investment and instead, they should look at better and cheaper options.

Signing a proven goal scorer is a must even if they may have to wait until the summer to get the right man.

In other Leeds United news, a Sky Sports pundit has delivered Jesse Marsch’s “sack” verdict after what he heard this month.