Brentford forward Ollie Watkins scored the decisive goal on Friday night as West Brom fell to a 1-0 defeat at Griffin Park.

The young forward has become one of the Championship’s deadliest talisman this season alongside Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Watkins will most likely have the best chance of winning the golden boot this season, with Mitrovic facing a lengthy ban for his elbow on Ben White.

Things could have been much different though, with the Baggies potentially having had the chance to bring him to the Hawthorns.

Darren Moore has shared that Albion rejected the chance to sign the forward from Exeter, despite the former manager recommending the youngster.

“When I was loans manager at West Brom, I went down to Exeter and we sent a player down to Exeter on loan,” he told the Express and Star.

“I remember speaking to Paul Tisdale at the time. He recommended Watkins for us as a player we should purchase. Unfortunately at West Brom, we didn’t take the plunge at the time.

“Whether the recruitment department didn’t fancy him at the time, or whatever it may be, but I did recommend him and it never came to it.”

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Imagine the Baggies having Watkins up front this season, promotion to the Premier League could have been already sealed.

Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore have scored fewer goals combined than Watkins this season, and that simply isn’t good enough.

The 24-year-old has blown Robson-Kanu out of the water this season. When you compare the two, Watkins has outperformed the Welshman in every department.

In other West Brom news, Scott Parker has responded to Fulham’s chances of catching the Baggies this season

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