Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has named summer recruit Wesley Moraes as the hard man in the group and explained he’s full-blooded in training.
The centre-forward joined the Midlands club this summer from Club Brugge for £22million (Sky Sports) and has replaced loanee Tammy Abraham.
He’s got the sizeable task of leading the line for Dean Smith’s team in the Premier League and last season he scored 17 goals across all competitions for Club Brugge.
Wesley is a powerhouse striker that has a physical frame and he started the first Premier League game of the season in the 3-1 away defeat to Tottenham.
The 22-year-old Brazilian showed some quality moments of hold up play against Spurs and it will be interesting to see how he fares against lesser teams in the division.
“I’d probably say Welsey our new striker,” Grealish replied when asked the hard man in the Villa squad, as quoted by Soccer Am’s Youtube account.
“In our first pre-season game he started fighting straight away with one of the Walsall players. Even in training, he’s not afraid to throw his body around.
“He’s one of them that has come in and let people know straight away, he’s about 6ft 4.”
Wesley certainly caught the eye in pre-season for Villa and did an effective job spearheading the attack under difficult circumstances against Spurs.
He’s got the physical attributes to cope with the Premier League and it’s no surprise to hear Grealish’s comments on him, as he looks like someone that plays on the edge and is an old school striker.
Villa have plenty of players in their team that can chip in with goals, but it’s going to be important that their main striker is a main contributor.
Wesley should be desperate to get off the mark at home to Bournemouth at the weekend and he should continue going from strength to strength.