Aston Villa boss Dean Smith must make a ruthless call on Wesley amid a major transfer update.
Reports in recent weeks have linked Villa with a move for a new striker, with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham one of those names who has been mentioned as a potential transfer target.
Now, Football Insider claim that Villa will need to let one of their current forwards go to make room for a new arrival, and that the “most likely to go” is Wesley.
The report adds that “Smith has given the green light for Wesley to go if a replacement is secured.”
The Brazilian was out for the majority of the Premier League following a knee injury he suffered back in 2020, and only just returned to first team action in the top-flight in the closing weeks, with Smith understandably not wanting to risk him too soon.
And despite the injury troubles, former Villa man Lee Hendrie has questioned whether he’s actually the right fit for Smith, and suggested himself that it might be most for him to “move on”.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said: “Since he’s come in, he hasn’t done anything for me. Obviously he had that bad injury as well, similar to Tom Heaton, but the season I’ve seen him, he wasn’t the player I felt that was going to fit the bill for Villa if I’m being quite honest.
“There was lots of talk that he could get behind defenders and I didn’t see that. I didn’t see that at all. I feel that it’d be better for him to possibly move on and further his career.”
With just six goals and only 25 appearances to his name in a Villa shirt, Wesley has been a bit of a transfer flop for the Midlands club, and rather than waiting out in hope of him becoming a success, Smith must make a ruthless call and call short his career.
Ollie Watkins has come in and shown what a real number nine can bring to the table, and without the £35k-a-week earning Wesley, Villa have simply moved on to bigger and better things – they only just missed out on potential qualification into Europe after a disappointing end to the season.
Time has just passed the Brazilian front-man by, and that should see him leave Villa Park this summer.