Wesley put doubters in their place

By Graham Hill

LOOKS like the doubters were a little too quick to write off Villa’s record signing Wesley after all.

Former England midfielder Paul Ince was particularly cutting after the Bournemouth defeat when he suggested the £22milllon Brazilian was a ‘moaner’ and ‘at least I could play’.

It is unclear whether Wesley pays much attention to comments like that – and it was not the only one made after the first two games of the season.

But his clever strike against Everton appeared to lift a weight off his shoulders in that it was his first goal on the back of a big money transfer deal.

After what had been said before, it was refreshing to see Ian Wright on Match of the Day highlighting the fact that Wesley had been causing Everton problems all night.

Villa boss Dean Smith admitted on the eve of the Everton game that he could understand why Wesley was being scrutinised so early on in the season.

The reason is directly linked to the amount of money spent when the 22-year-old was signed from Bruges.

But you can see Smith’s point. All of Villa’s signings need time after such a big turnaround. Some settled straight away, some did not and some have yet to play.

One thing is for certain now, there will be no more pundits and critics questioning when Wesley will score his first goal for the club.

He will need to deliver more than that of course, but for now, the spotlight is not glaring so brightly in his direction.

And there was more praise for Wesley from Talksport pundit and former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan who said:

“One particular player who stood out for me was Wesley. I liked a lot about him.

“He reminded me a lot of John Carew. He had this presence and power. He bossed the centre-halves. I like his shoulders back attitude, I like the fact he attacks the ball.

“I think he’s going to do a good job for Villa.”

And Wesley’s joy at scoring against Everton was playing to see when he spoke to Villa’s official website.

The big striker said: “I am very happy to help my team with the goal.

“In the first two games, I did not score but the supporters, manager and my team-mates know me, they know my quality – and I am very happy now.

“I hope to continue like this – to help my team-mates, to score goals and to play very well.

“The goal, of course, gives me more confidence. Now I have to continue like this.

“The support was incredible. The noise was incredible. The atmosphere was incredible.

“It’s important for this to continue because it helps you do good things on the pitch. The fans definitely help us.”

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