Brentford striker Ollie Watkins reveals that watching Michael Jordan on The Last Dance made him “ hungry. ”
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins reveals watching Michael Jordan on The Last Dance made him ‘hungry’ when The Bees pushed for promotion after six consecutive league wins after lockdown
- Brentford has blossomed since the lockdown, winning six league games in a row
- Ollie Watkins is an integral part of the bees’ success with 24 championship goals
- The 24-year-old attacker is inspired by The Last Dance on Netflix
- Brentford faces Preston just three points out of the top two on Tuesday
As Brentford joins The Last Dance in the race for the Premier League, top scorer Ollie Watkins has revealed how Michael Jordan inspired him to bite more in search of the promised land.
The attacker has scored 24 championship goals for the side of Thomas Frank, who is three points away from the automatic promotion spots on the way to Tuesday’s clash with Preston.
Brentford has won six consecutive league games since the close, and although Watkins is only 24, he has more experience in English football than many of his teammates.
Brentford striker Ollie Watkins was at the center of his team’s season at the top of the table
Watkins admitted that watching The Last Dance legend Michael Jordan made him ‘hungry’
“I definitely feel like I have a leading role on the field – I watched Michael Jordan’s documentary and it made me hungry and I want to get the best out of everyone so we can achieve something special,” he said.
“Especially without fans, all players can hear each other … so I make sure I try to help the team as much as possible – from the front and to make sure everyone feels confident on the field.”
Jordan has been portrayed as a brutal – and occasionally divisive – winner on the Netflix series, and Watkins admits he may have needed more head start.
“Maybe (I was) a little too shy, thinking that if I said something, people would say” No, no. ” I felt I was only saying it to help. People have taken it and I feel it works, ”he said.
“All leaders are not always nice. You have to get excited because you want to win. They don’t say it personally because they want to hurt you or damage you. They do it because they want the best out of you and you want to win. ‘
After Neal Maupay’s departure to Brighton last summer, Watkins has moved in to lead the line and is now tied to Aleksandar Mitrovic in the race for the Championship Golden Boot.
“I didn’t see myself replacing Neal and scoring 25 goals, to be honest,” he said.
“When I was placed there I started to score a few goals and quickly found my stride. Scoring that amount was achievable and with every game I’ve played, I’ve gained more confidence.
Watkins has scored 24 championship goals in Tuesday’s game against Preston
‘Everything happens with a reason. I’m glad Neal left because it gave me this opportunity. ‘
Should Brentford miss automatic promotion, the playoff lottery will bring back fond memories of Watkins, who lost in the League Two final with Exeter in 2017.
‘If we made it to the play-off final, from minute one to minute 95 or extra time, I wouldn’t stop running. I left the field sad because we lost, but secondly, I didn’t feel like I was working hard enough or doing enough for the team. If we were there I would definitely do everything I could. ‘