The January transfer market will open in the next few weeks, and all eyes already on new manager, Steven Gerrard, as he enters his first window with Aston Villa, who is reported to make moves and changes at his new club.
Although there has been mounting speculation on incoming transfers, there is also likely to be a number of outgoings too as Gerrard sets out to free up funds to develop and build a team with his vision for the future of Villa in mind.
One player who will reportedly be moved on when the opportunity arises is Wesley, who became a record signing for the club when Villa paid Club Brugge £22m for the striker who is currently on a season-long loan back with his former team.
The 25-year-old was hailed a “handful” by teammate, Tyrone Mings when he was secured on a permanent deal at Villa Park:
“He’s a handful! He’s a very strong guy, a very big guy, technically he’s very good,” he said.
Despite the praise from Villa’s captain, Wesley struggled to make a direct impact on the side, with only 26 appearances due to an unfortunate knee injury that sidelined the Brazilian for over a year. He scored just six goals and registered one assist for the senior team in the two seasons prior to his current loan stint at Club Brugge.
“I do not rule out returning to Brazil at this time,” Wesley told Globo Esporte.
“I try to focus on my field work and leave this part of the negotiations with my managers.
Steven Gerrard could strike gold if he can find a good suitor for Wesley that would raise funds for the Villa manager to reinvest into other key areas, where the squad is thinner, like midfield.
Villa are facing no troubles in their attack, winning three of their last five games, after beating Norwich comfortably in their midweek Premier League fixture at Carrow Road, where the Villans bagged a 2-0 win ahead of their clash with Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
When comparing Wesley’s current form of no goals or assists on loan to Villa’s current strike force, with Ollie Watkins on five goals and Danny Ings on three strikes and two assists, along with Leon Bailey breaking into the team, the likelihood of the Brazilian starting in Villa’s attacking line is low.
With that being said, Wesley being put on loan before Gerrard’s arrival and currently struggling to make a convincing impact at his temporary side, it should only further the manager’s decision to axe the forward.
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