Aston Villa: Big "worry" over Ollie Watkins after meeting up with England squad - revealed

Ollie Watkins celebrates scoring for Aston Villa

Luke Hatfield has warned Aston Villa will be concerned about Ollie Watkins' head being turned by England team-mates during the international break. 

The Express and Star journalist further claimed Villa have already lost one key player in that fashion, following Jack Grealish's £100m move to Manchester City this summer.

What's the latest news involving Ollie Watkins?

After a somewhat slow start to the season, Watkins scored his first Premier League goal against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

Coincidentally, Spurs are one of the clubs that have been linked with Watkins since the close of the summer transfer window, while Arsenal have also been mooted as potential suitors as they consider replacements for Alexandre Lacazette.

Although Villa finished in a respectable eleventh place last season, Spurs could offer Watkins instant European football as they qualified for the Europa Conference League.

Arsenal, meanwhile, remain one of the Premier League's biggest clubs and seem destined to be competing on the continent once again at some point in the near future. 

Watkins was called up to Gareth Southgate's latest England squad for World Cup qualifiers with Andorra and Hungary, and Hatfield believes international breaks can play a key role in players becoming convinced that they should push for a move. 

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What has Luke Hatfield said about Ollie Watkins?

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Hatfield explained how players can have their heads turned by international team-mates when playing for their national side, and compared Watkins' current situation to Grealish's. 

The Midlands journalist told GMS: "That’ll be the worry for Villa - it’s happened once already with Jack Grealish. He broke into that England setup at Villa and like it or not, Watkins is going to be around players who are playing in the Champions League every week and you’re going to end up befriending those people.

"They get to see what their compatriots are doing at club level and obviously they want to try and emulate that."

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How much does Ollie Watkins earn?

According to Spotrac, Watkins earns £75k per-week at Aston Villa. That makes him the club's joint-fourth-highest earning player, alongside summer signing Emi Buendia. Only Danny Ings, Tyrone Mings and Bertrand Traore earn more than him. 

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On those wages, Watkins would be just the 12th-highest earner at Arsenal - behind Pablo Mari - and the eighth-highest earner at Spurs, behind Lucas Moura.

That being said, were Watkins to seal a move to either club in the near future, it's likely his salary would increase significantly. 

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