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Aston Villa: Gerrard could get January boost with Wesley return

After their run of five defeats in the Premier League that led to Dean Smith getting sacked from Aston Villa, the Villans have won three of the five games they’ve played with Steven Gerrard in charge, scoring seven goals in the process.

Taking this into account and the fact that the January transfer window is on the horizon, it seems as though Gerrard could have another attacking talent in his squad next month.

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With recent reports suggesting that Wesley Moraes could be on his way back to Villa Park in January after his lacklustre spell on loan in Belgium with Club Brugge, this could not only give Gerrard another attacking option for his squad, but it could also finally kickstart the Brazilian’s career in the Premier League.

After joining the Midlands club back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Brugge in a deal worth a reported fee of £22m, Wesley made 26 appearances for Villa across all competitions before sustaining a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for well over a year.

In those 26 appearances, the 25-year-old, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £46k-per-week according to Salary Sport, managed to score six goals and provide one assist.

During his loan spell with Brugge this season, Wesley has failed to register a goal or assist in 105 minutes of action in seven appearances across all competitions, which shows why his former side would be willing to let him return to Villa in January.

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While his lack of goal contributions this season with Brugge may not be particularly encouraging for those at Villa, there’s every possibility that the forward could finally find his feet in the Premier League and flourish under Gerrard’s guidance if given the chance to do so.

Having been previously described as a player that will “get better and better” by Smith, Wesley deserves to have another shot at being a regular attacking figure for Villa given how much money they paid for him.

However, with Gerrard having the likes of Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, Keinan Davis and Cameron Archer in their squad that play in the centre-forward position, it could be quite hard for Wesley to get back into the team if he does return in January and stay for the remainder of the season.

If he does end up back at Villa in January and a regular figure for the team throughout the rest of the season, this could be a great opportunity for Johan Lange to save the club millions in future transfer fees by finding a reliable back up figure.

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