Is Ollie Watkins capable of propelling Aston Villa to a Champions League spot?

The night before Christmas and Aston Villa stood proudly at the top of the Premier League. This may have seemed like a fantasy at the start of the season, but with a win against Sheffield United, they could remain there for the festive season. Even if they aren’t in first place on December 25th, their performance this season has been nothing short of magical.

Villa’s home form has been impeccable, with a 100% record at Villa Park. No other team in the Premier League can boast the same. The team has quickly become a contender for the title, a position they haven’t been in for three decades.

Leading the charge for Villa is striker Ollie Watkins, who has been in sensational form, scoring nine goals in the league. His next goal will take him to double figures for the campaign, and he has shown a potential for even further improvement. With Watkins firing on all cylinders, Villa has a positive outlook for the season.

However, they do face challenges, particularly with maintaining their push for the top four and beyond. As they enter the new year, their squad depth will be tested with the resumption of their Europa Conference League campaign. Additionally, their away form has not been as strong as their home form, and manager Unai Emery will need to find a solution to this issue.

Villa’s next test comes against Sheffield United, and fans will be expecting another home victory. If they succeed, it will be the perfect early Christmas present for the club and its supporters.