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Stan Collymore concerned about Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes

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Stan Collymore concerned about Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes

Stan Collymore believes that Aston Villa centre-forward Wesley Moraes is struggling in attack and that he needs help.

The Brazilian has scored one goal in his five appearances for the Midlands giants and did little on Monday night against West Ham.

Dean Smith’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at home to West Ham in the Premier League fixture and couldn’t score late on when their opponents were reduced to 10 men.

Villa paid £22million (Sky Sports) for Wesley in the summer to bring in from Club Brugge and he’s been leading the line so far in the league.

But the 22-year-old’s only goal so far came against Everton and he’s still adjusting to English football.

He did have one headed chance that he put wide against West Ham, but apart from that was left fairly isolated and struggled to create too much.

Ex-Villa striker believes that his former side need to find a way to help Wesley, who he’s not convinced by since his summer arrival.


“Concerned about Wesley. Blowing hard, finding holding it up tough & not sure what he’s thinking when he went down at the end,” Collymore wrote on his personal Twitter account.

“Genuinely needs a striker coach to help him. If he can get basics right, there’s something there, but he’s not and you can see its getting to him.”

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TBR’s View:

Villa were lacking cutting edge in the draw against West Ham and it’s an issue that manager Smith needs to address to help the team in their battle to remain in the top-flight this season.

Wesley is a physical striker that can battle well in attack, but he needs support from his teammates and more runs off him.

It must be recognised that he’s still just a 22-year-old that has plenty of room to improve and any harsh criticism of him may be over the top.

He’s shown glimpses that he can be the right man in attack and just needs a couple of goals to get going.

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