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Aston Villa may have finally found their new Benteke with Wesley Moraes

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Aston Villa may have finally found their new Benteke with Wesley Moraes

There are obvious similarities between Christian Benteke when he first joined Aston Villa and new arrival Wesley.

Aston Villa have broken their club-record transfer fee to bring Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes, according to the BBC.

Dean Smith’s side are apparently keen to replace the goals that Tammy Abraham’s return to Chelsea have seen depart Villa Park and have splashed the cash.

And Villa have good form dipping into the Belgian top flight to sign a powerful, largely unknown striker, which they did in 2012 to bring in Christian Benteke from Genk.

That swoop cost a reported £7 million (BBC) but the way the market has intervened in the following seven years has meant that Wesley is similarly unproven but costs three times more.

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And in truth, since Benteke left for Liverpool in 2015, Villa have never truly replaced his talismanic qualities, powerful running and goal threat.


Abraham was perhaps the closest they’ve had, but a series of expensive busts such as Ross McCormack and Scott Hogan have resolutely failed to fit the bill.

But Wesley, who is coming from the Belgian league at 22, whereas Benteke was 21 when he came to the Midlands – has all the qualities to take on that mantle.

It has taken four years for Villa to replace Benteke – in truth the rot was setting in when he was sold – but now they’re on the way up again and Villa Park could well have another talisman to hail.

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