Brazilian international Willian has praised his compatriot, Aston Villa striker Wesley, after his maiden international call-up.
He said: “He’s doing great, I’ve been following his games a little. He is a player who is very well adapted, looks like he’s been in England for a while, scoring goals. I hope he can be happy in the Brazilian team too.”
Wesley has four goals and an assist from 12 Premier League games this season (Transfermarkt) but has struggled to impose himself on games at times.
TBR’s View – Wesley’s call-up feels premature but likely outlines the power of the Premier League
Sometimes, it feels like only doing the business for a few months in the Premier League is enough to get a player into the England squad, which draws frustration.
But Wesley’s call-up shows that issue is not unique to England at the very least, with Wesley called up after a goal in every three games during a middling start to life in the Premier League.
Willian obviously wants to build the young striker up ahead of potentially making his debut against bitter rivals Argentina but does Wesley really play like someone who has been in the Premier League for years?
There’s plenty to improve but perhaps Villa will see the benefit of his improved confidence on the back of an international call.