Kortney Hause has told Aston Villa’s official website he is optimistic that new signing Wesley Moraes can become an instant hit in the Premier League, after his big-money move from Club Brugge.
Moraes, 22, joined Villa for a fee of £22.5million earlier in the summer as one of the Midlands side’s many transfers. The club have also spent big on the likes of Tyrone Mings, Matty Targett, Ezri Konsa and Bjorn Engels.
The Brazilian striker was a club-record signing at Villa, only for Dean Smith to then smash that record a second time this summer with the purchase of Mings from AFC Bournemouth – believed to be as much as £26.5million.
Hause, who himself joined Villa permanently this summer, was asked Villa’s new signings and picked Wesley as the pick of the bunch so far – claiming the forward has a bit of everything.
“He’s a good addition from what we’ve all seen so far,” Hause said. “He brings people into the game and is a good hold-up player. But he’s also quite mobile.
“He’s a good addition – let’s hope he can do what he’s doing in the Premier League.”
TBR’s view – Wesley an expensive risk, but one Villa needed to take
With Tammy Abraham returning to Chelsea and looking as though he may get a chance under new manager Frank Lampard, Villa needed a striker – one that guarantees goals.
Wesley is perhaps, not that striker. He is yet to play in Europe’s top leagues, and the pressure is now on him to spearhead the Villa attack next season. Whether he can score the goals to keep Villa up is another question.
But the club needed to spend big on a striker. In the past, Villa have found success in Christian Benteke – a big Belgian striker – and they may find the same in Wesley. It is a risk, but one that was necessary.