Aston Villa's Wesley targets 20 goals and Brazil call

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Villa ace Wesley is targeting 20 Premier League goals this season to aid his dream of playing for the Brazilian national team.


The £22million club record buy took his top flight tally to four in eight matches with a double in last weekend’s 5-1 win at Norwich.

Wesley, who joined Villa from Club Brugge during the summer, has set an ambitious target for his first campaign in English football.

The 22-year-old believes netting regularly in the Premier League will increase his chances of earning an international call-up.

He said: “I want 20 goals. I have it as my goal and I am going to achieve it. I have three dreams. One was to play the Premier League. The second is to go to the national team. And the other is to play in the World Cup.

“When I was offered the chance to come to Aston Villa, I didn’t think twice. I’m playing one of the best leagues in the world. It’s about having a good season, and maybe I have a chance at the national team.”

Wesley’s Norwich double followed a week in which he had come in for criticism after some indifferent displays since the start of the season.

The striker has always had the backing of his Villa team-mates including midfielder Conor Hourihane, who said: “It is going to take time. We are only eight games into the season and now all of a sudden he has four goals in eight games, which isn’t too bad.

“Maybe that bit of criticism he heard geared him up. He is vocal, learning English and is a good lad.

“He always has a smile on his face. He is strong as an ox in training and has that bit of old school striker about him in training.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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