By Graham Hill
VILLA boss Dean Smith has revealed what he saw in new £22million striker Wesley Moraes.
Smith broke the club’s transfer record to sign the Brazilian from Club Bruges this summer.
And the Villa manager says the player was one of five forwards he was looking at.
Smith told Villa’s official TV channel: “I was attracted to Wesley from the moment I saw him play football.
“He’s got that hunger and desire you see quite regularly in South American players.
“But he’s got that little bit of panache as well. He scores all kinds of goals, from outside the box, two yard tap ins, penalties, the lot. He’s got everything about him.
“When I first met him, his personality matched what I’d seen on then pitch as well. I’m really pleased to have made him our record signing, but there’ll be no pressure on him, they’re just numbers. It’s the market and how it works.”
Smith says every second counts in their bid to rebuild a squad for the Premier League this season.
He has barely had a spare moment since winning promotion as he knows there has to be a new squad built around the core of the team that won through the play-offs.
Smith said: “I believe our business has been very good. We’ve got a number of our targets in early.
“That was important to me. I wanted as many as we got get travelling over here to America with us on the tour.
“That’s because the players learn so much more about each other being in close proximity. The business we’ve done has been very good. A lot of credit must go to Suso [Jesus Garcia Pitarch] for that.
“Suso has worked tirelessly since that final whistle has blown at Wembley, alongside Christian Purslow. We’ve all worked hard under the guidance of the owners.
“We spoke when I came in about the profile of players we wanted in certain positions. Me and Suso have evolved along the way, in terms of what we look for and expect in players. Luckily we’re similar in our approach to the transfer market.”
Smith has also whet the appetite of supporters further – confirming there will be more names through the door before the transfer deadline in just over three weeks’ time.
He added: “There’s still more business to be done.
“There’s been reports out there that we’re signing everyone and anyone. Which isn’t the case.
“A lot of the players we’ve been linked with, we’ve not even spoken about them. That’s the nature of the beast.
“It’s a small window for us, having finished on May 27 and going through until deadline day on August 8.
“In that short amount of time we’ve got some really good work done. But we need to do a bit more. It’s an exciting time to be an Aston Villa supporter.”