The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Aston Villa are weighing up the option to try and sign League Two starlets Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ollie Watkins this summer.
The club have been keeping their eye on the two youngsters and they will have watched the play-off final where the two players met as Osayi-Samuel’s Blackpool defeated Watkins’ Exeter City.
Watkins make 52 appearances this season for Exeter netting 16 times and setting up his teammates an impressive 13 times. The 21-year-old bagged two goals in the play-off semi final against Carlisle United to help send his team to Wembley.
Leeds United, Derby County and Sheffield United are all thought to be interested in the attacking midfielder. Due to the fact that The Grecians are set for another campaign in League Two, Watkins appears destined to leave St. James Park this summer.
The youngster has been with Exeter since the age of eight and made his first team debut in 2014. He then went on loan to Weston-Super-Mare and managed 10 goals in just 25 games before returning to become a permanent member of Paul Tisdale’s side.
In the 2015/16 season he managed to score nine goals in 22 games which meant that he became one to watch at the start of last season and he certainly didn’t disappoint.
Watkins played in a false nine position against Blackpool as he dropped deep and tried to control the play. He is good with the ball at either of his feet and has plenty of strength to boot.
What’s made him stand out so much this season is his dribbling and passing ability and with 10 yellow cards in 78 appearances it looks as if he isn’t shit to tackle when needs be.
Meanwhile Osayi-Samuel made 42 appearances for The Tangerines but only managed to score five times. The 19-year-old also only managed to set up three goals for his teammates.
The Right midfielder made his debut for The Seasiders in their last month of the Championship. Since then he has made over 50 appearances for the club.
He can play on either wing but can also play down the middle as striker as well. The Nigerian born player likes to have the ball at his feet and use his tricky quick feet to beat defenders.
Osayi-Samuel is the type of player that fans enjoy watching as you don’t know whats going to come next, especially when he uses his pace and trickery.
He has been known to be a little bit selfish and will do one step-over too many however knowing when to release the ball will come with experience.
After beating the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United to the signing of Jacob Bedeau from Bury in January, the club are known to be on the lookout for talented youngsters and could swoop for the the Exeter and Blackpool players in the coming months.
Villa’s youth scouts are on the lookout regularly at games around the country trying to find the next top talents before the Premier League teams pounce.
Villa would appear just as attractive to the youngsters despite the Championship status due to the size of the club, the facilities and many other things, which was proven by the signing of Bedeau.