This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
Aston Villa’s time in the Premier League this season has been a struggle.
They’ve managed just one victory in five matches and their latest showing on Monday night showed there is still a lot of work to be done.
The Villans were held at home by West Ham United, who for the final 23 minutes had to play with just ten men – skipper Jack Grealish even claimed it “felt like a defeat.”
There was possibly one positive to take, though, as the club moved out of the relegation zone with the point at Villa Park.
A struggle in front of goal has seemingly been a recurring theme for manager Dean Smith, being the league’s joint-second lowest scorers, and this game was no different.
One player at fault was striker Wesley, who joined Villa for a club-record £22m in the summer.
He squandered a big chance to take the lead early in the match when he headed wide from close-range after Grealish’s pin-point cross.
The 22-year-old’s performance soon went downhill from there – managing just one other attempt at goal throughout the entire duration of the match.
Wesley also lost possession ten times, which no doubt aided the visitor’s ability to remain on top throughout the game – Manuel Pellegrini’s side had 53.3% possession and recorded three more shots than Villa.
The Brazilian was wholly ineffective and his failure to win any of his three aerial duels goes some way to attesting to that.
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Football is a cutthroat business with jobs always on the line, but you’d imagine Smith’s position will remain pretty secure regardless of what happens this season considering he was the man to turn things around in B6.
Wesley will be doing everything he can to make amends for his poor recent performance but, based on the statistics presented above, he will have to improve to convince his manager that there is no need to delve into the market for another centre-forward.
It could be said that the summer recruit has just three months to prove his worth or his time at Villa Park could quickly be written off along with the many other failed strikers to lead the line in recent years.
At £22m, you don’t want to be mentioned in the conversation as Ross McCormack, that’s for sure.