One of the big debates to come out of Aston Villa’s opening two Premier League clashes is whether or not £22million signing, Wesley, will make the grade.
The 22-year-old was poor against Tottenham Hotspur, but I wasn’t alone in thinking second half he did show improvement, and there were further signs of that in the weekend’s defeat to Bournemouth, as he did hold the ball up better and play teammates in – but there’s still a significant improvement to be made.
With some already writing him off, plenty of fans realise you can’t judge a player two games in, especially when they are settling into a new country aswell as a club, and head coach Dean Smith has backed the striker to come good as he settles more and adjusts to the league.
“Wesley had a couple of chances – the keeper has made a save and one has been deflected. He was a presence up front. He ran down the sides of them, too. He’s starting to get into the speed of the Premier League. It will take time for a few of them. But I have been pleased with his performances so far. All he needs is a goal now.”
The better chances against Bournemouth fell elsewhere for me, but Smith is right that opening his account should definitely have its own positives for him, but as long as he keeps showing improvement, that’s all that counts.