Ollie Watkins fires back at Troy Deeney after stinging criticism of Aston Villa striker | Football

Ollie Watkins continued his fine goal-scoring form for Aston Villa (Picture: Getty Images)

Ollie Watkins clearly heard the criticism aimed at him by Troy Deeney and has fired back after he scored in Aston Villa’s 2-0 win at Arsenal on Sunday.

The England international scored his 19th league goal of the season and 26th in all competitions as he dinked the ball over David Raya to complete an impressive victory for Villa in north London.

It has been a brilliant campaign for the 28-year-old, but that has not made him immune from criticism, even for his finishing despite scoring on a regular basis.

Former Watford and Birmingham striker Deeney reckons Watkins is more of a winger masquerading as a striker and needs multiple chances to score.

‘With Ollie, this is going to sound negative but I promise you it is not, he is a winger trying to be a striker,’ Deeney told talkSPORT last week as he discussed Watkins and Brentford’s Ivan Toney.

‘That’s just who he is. He is very good at being a striker, but when Ivan stepped up and took that penalty [for England against Belgium] did you think he was going to miss? I didn’t.

‘Whenever Ollie runs through one-vs-one during many games this season, I’m still not convinced he is going to score.

Ollie Watkins responds to Troy Deeney on Instagram

Watkins had his say on social media (Picture: olliewatkins/Instagram)

‘I think he will score eventually if you give him three or four shots a game. Ivan just has that borderline arrogance about him that makes me go: “Right, stick Ivan in there.’”‘

Watkins took his chance to respond after his fine finish against Arsenal, posting a picture of him celebrating the goal with his finger to his lips.

He captioned the image: ‘@t-deeney Not bad for a winger trying to be a striker 🤫.’

Watkins is hoping to fire Aston Villa into a Champions League place (Picture: Getty Images)

Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez clearly disagrees with Deeney as well, saying his teammate should be a contender for Player of the Season.

‘I think Ollie should win player of the season,’ Martinez told Sky Sports.

‘When you play for a “big six” side, you get more credit but Ollie has scored 19 goals with the chances he’s got.’

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