By Phil Jennings
NATIONAL critics have suggested Villa’s summer transfer dealings are a mixed bag after Saturday’s defeat at Tottenham.
While many are raving about keeper Tom Heaton looking a bargain buy at £8million, others suggest £22million striker Wesley is a work in progress.
Heaton was brought into the Villa side to add some much needed experience and authority to the squad – and be a ‘voice’ in the dressing room.
And the 33-year-old showed all of those qualities at Spurs – even if the end result was not the achievement it looked like it could be for an hour.
Defender Bjorn Engels also received plaudits alongside Tyrone Mings who is living up to the promise he showed last season.
Egypt winger Trezeguet was also praised for his performance.
But Wesley seems to have puzzled many on his debut.
And Guardian writer Paul MacInnes did not pull any punches when describing the Brazilian.
He wrote: “Wesley Moraes was Villa’s least effective player and that will surely be a source of concern as – oddly given the sheer number of recruits at Villa Park – he was the only striker brought into the club. The Brazilian looked cumbersome, but also lightweight.”
Overall, Villa’s return to the Premier League met with a favourable response. Remember, it took the arrival of Christian Eriksen to change the game for Tottenham – as well as the. natural goalscoring ability of Harry Kane.
Villa found out the hard way that what works in the Championship does not always have the same effect against the Premier League’s top sides.
After facing last season’s beaten Champions League finalists, Villa now face Bournemouth at home – with Tyrone Mings sure to be fired up against his former club, and hosting Everton the following Friday before travelling to Crystal Palace at the end of the month.
If anything, Villa’s display on Saturday should give then the confidence to put points on the board soon.