Many Aston Villa fans are reacting to the latest comments from manager Dean Smith on striker Wesley and possible plans to strengthen the attack in January.
According to journalist Ashley Preece, Smith was asked about the possibility of acquiring a striker in the January transfer window. He said: “It’s something that’s in the back of our minds. We need to see where Wesley is in January.”
The cruciate ligament rupture that Wesley suffered against Burnley has seen the Brazilian miss at least 40 games (366 days) (Transfermarkt). The club are hopeful he will return in 2021 but a lot of pressure has been added on Ollie Watkins. Fellow striker Keinan Davis has also been injured. This leaves Watkins as the only recognised striker currently available at the club.
Therefore you can see why Villa are possibly going to strengthen this position in the summer dependent on Wesley’s injury. If Watkins gets an injury soon, then Dean Smith will have to use someone from a different position up top and this is not what you want to do in the Premier League.
Here is what Aston Villa fans had to say following these comments:
Should do anyway 3 isn’t enough to have options
— simon barker (@smb_72) December 11, 2020
Someone has to come in
We can’t rely on Davis and Wes will need time. Will be very poor planning if we can’t get a CF in. Hopefully improve in a couple of other positions too.
— CJ2 (@BackpostTrez) December 10, 2020
A terrible tackle that has robbed Wes a significant part of his playing career.
— Martin Conlan (@MConlan) December 10, 2020
Forward thinking – get your striker transfer suggestions in… https://t.co/auZjneFjon
— Mat Kendrick (@MatKendrick) December 10, 2020
Im more confident in Watkins and Keinan than Trez and Traore/Anwar, personally. May aswell just bring through Louie Barry until Wesley is fit. If Dean was really worried about striker shortages surely he wouldnt have loaned out Samatta? Nothing has changed for us to need a new ST
— Villan’s Opinions (@VillansOpinions) December 10, 2020
I think Villa are trying to give Wesley every chance, but at some point everyone needs to realise that he may not be able to play football again.
— Peter Wall (@1966wall) December 10, 2020
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