Aston Villa transfer news: Dean Smith could cash in on £ 22million talent


Aston Villa could look to cash in on Wesley if his season-long loan departure pays off, say Express & Star reporter Luke Hatfield.

What’s the latest news from Wesley?

Wesley joined Villa of Belgian club Brugge in the summer of 2019, costing Dean Smith’s side £ 22million.

But, a few days before the summer transfer window, the striker sealed his to recover to Club Brugge on a one-season loan deal.

Wesley’s exit from Villa Park has been confirmed to have failed to start from New Year’s Day in 2020.

The Brazilian suffered a serious knee ligament injury during Villa’s clash with Burnley that day and, having initially been ruled out until the end of the season, his next first-team appearance only came 15 months later when he emerged as a late substitute against West Bromwich Albion.

Wesley scored six goals in 26 appearances at Villa and in a recent interview with the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, via Sports witness, he even alleged that Burnley’s captain Ben Mee’s challenge, which led to the long-term injury, was not accidental and that he doubted whether he would replay professionally.

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What did Luke Hatfield say about Wesley?

Hatfield believes Villa will be watching Wesley, who made his first Club Brugge appeared for over two years last weekend, up close during his loan spell.

He reveals Smith’s side may be inclined to sell the 24-year-old next summer.

Hatfield told GMS: “Having been on loan, I think Villa is hoping he can maybe come back and make an impact.

“But in another respect maybe they look at him and say ‘if he’s having a good enough season maybe we can get some of our money back for him.’

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“That might be the way to go as it has been a tough time for him in the Premier League and this injury will not have helped. It was one of the worst knee injuries Dean Smith has ever seen.

“It’s a real crossroads for Wesley. If he continues on his loan, he may be able to come back with some renewed vigor.

“But, also, Villa might well judge the market for him and maybe allow him to leave permanently if they don’t think he’s going to be able to have too many first-team opportunities.”

Does Wesley have a future at Villa Park?

Danny Ings’ 25 million pounds of summer arrival from Southampton makes it even more difficult for Wesley to reverse Smith’s plans.

Ings started his career well at Villa and won the Premier League Goal of the month rewarded for his superb aerial kick against Newcastle United in August.

Ollie Watkins has also become a key part of Smith’s squad, scoring 16 goals in 43 appearances since its creation club record at the time from Brentford last year.

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