Shearer: Watkins battered Newcastle the whole match

18 Apr 2023

Premier League's record scorer hails Aston Villa striker's display as he names his Team of the Week

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After a slow start to the season Ollie Watkins' sensational form continued as he scored two goals and laid on the other in Aston Villa's 3-0 win over Newcastle United.

Watkins took his tally to 11 goals in his last 12 appearances, impressing Premier League record goalscorer and Hall of Fame inductee Alan Shearer, who included the Villa striker in his Matchweek 31 Team of the Week.

Alan Shearer's Team of the Week for Matchweek 31

Jose Sa (WOL)
“A couple of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet that helped Wolves move away from danger.”

Trent Alexander-Arnold (LIV)
“He looks back to his best after getting a more central and creative role, setting up two of Liverpool’s six goals.”

Tyrone Mings (AVL)
"Another outstanding performance. He kept Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson very quiet."

Lewis Dunk (BHA)
"Bossed the defence and gave nothing away as Brighton keep on getting the results."

Declan Rice (WHU)
"When West Ham were 2-0 down to Arsenal and in need of inspiration, he provided it as the Hammers fought back against the leaders."

John McGinn (AVL) 
"Superb. I didn’t think Newcastle's midfield could be dominated that easily.”

Bruno Fernandes (MUN) 
"The quality of his deliveries was sensational. He ran the game and kept the team ticking."

Julio Enciso (BHA)
"He's had to wait for his chance but it's been worth it. A magnificent strike from the 19-year-old, which has to be a Goal of Season contender."

Ollie Watkins (AVL)
"What a run of form he's on. Another two goals and an assist. He battered Newcastle from start to finish."

Eberechi Eze (CRY) 
"Followed up his superb goal at Leeds with another two at Southampton as the Crystal Palace revival continues."

Dominic Solanke (BOU) 
"His goal and two assists were vital for three big points at Spurs. Not a bad afternoon's work!"

Manager: Unai Emery (AVL) 
"A seventh win in eight matches. It's all clicked into place and he’s got Villa flying now." 

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