Stan Collymore and Michael Owen have suggested Aston Villa should recruit a specialist striker coach to help get the most out of Wesley.
Collymore directly tweeted to the club claiming that Emile Heskey could help teach the 22-year-old to lead the line more effectively, with Owen replying stating he is “astounded” football doesn’t have more specialist coaching for outfielders.
Wesley has played 164 minutes of Premier League action for Aston Villa across two games, though he is yet to score a goal, as per WhoScored.
He has won 2 aerial duels per game, but only managed to average 0.5 key passes and 1 dribble, while keeping a pass success rate of just 64%.
The 22-year-old has also been dispossessed 2.5 times per game and averages 2 bad controls per game.
This is not that impressive for somebody who signed for £22m, as reported by Sky Sports, though this could be seen as the Brazilian having a settling in period – a status he likely won’t be allowed to lean on for very long.
However, he was involved in Villa’s first goal back in the Premier League, as he occupied Davinson Sanchez while the ball sailed over their heads and into the path of John McGinn, as shown in Sky Sports‘ highlights video.
While Wesley has not been quite as effective so far as would have been hoped, there is no need to panic about the situation just yet.
Even so, bringing in someone to work in position-specific coaching roles could be of some use to Villa, especially as there are so many players looking to click together after the large volume of summer signings that were made.
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