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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.

Wesley

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
@mjmarr_star

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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