Former Aston Villa full-back Alan Hutton has said that he feels summer signing Wesley ‘could do better’ for the club.
Speaking with Football Insider, the ex-Scotland international explained that although the Brazilian impressed during his latest outing for the West Midlands club – scoring a brace and providing an assist for the Villans in a 5-1 win over Norwich City – he is capable of more.
Signed from Club Brugge for £22.5m in the summer, the 22-year-old has started life in the English top-flight promisingly, scoring four goals whilst registering an assist in eight appearances (via Transfermarkt).
Hutton claims that prior to last Saturday’s match against the Canaries, there was talk that Wesley would perhaps be dropped from Dean Smith’s starting XI and replaced by 21-year-old Keinan Davis.
When asked if Wesley silenced the doubters against Norwich, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, I heard before that there were doubters and there was talk of Keinan Davis playing but look he’s a young boy himself even though he’s a man mountain of a guy.
“He’s come from a different league into the Premier League and it’s arguably the toughest division in the world, so it’s going to take him time to settle down.
“He’s scored a few goals now, I think in the game against Norwich, he did well, in spells, he got a few goals, obviously he could do better, but he’s there to score goals and that’s what he has done.
“Hopefully his confidence will be high and he can build on that and enjoy his football.”
Indeed, Hutton’s comments on Wesley seem a little harsh considering the 22-year-old has already scored four goals and managed an assist in his opening eight league appearances for the Villans, per Transfermarkt.
The South American has now scored three goals in his previous three league outings for Villa, so suggesting that he could and maybe should be doing more for the team seems a little bizarre.
Wesley has the perfect opportunity to completely silence any doubters this weekend when Brighton come to visit Villa Park, though it seems only a hat-trick will be good enough for some critics.
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