Aston Villa’s Wesley has been selected for the Brazilian national team in the wake of an injury to Ajax’s David Neres.
Words: Regan Foy | @findfoy
Brazil’s friendlies against Argentina and South Korea later this month will have a touch of Aston Villa in them. First, Douglas Luiz received a call up to the national squad – but now forward Wesley Moraes has been called upon to replace David Neres who has withdrawn through injury.
His call-up comes late this Saturday following Neres’ knee injury which will see him out of action until at least 2020.
Wesley has become a scapegoat for Aston Villa fans of late – but has been a mixed bag in front of goal despite scoring four goals and assisting one this season.
Aston Villa’s record signing has looked bereft of confidence at times, but dripping with it in other games – but game time for the national team should do wonders for his self-belief.
He will be rivalling Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus and Real Madrid’s Rodrygo for a starting spot, meaning he likely won’t make it off the bench, but the experience of training amongst his country folk should be a positive one.
That, and the striker has long held the dream of representing his national team.
These friendlies come after Aston Villa’s trip to the Molineux, and ahead of their game against Newcastle United. Should Wesley impress for the Seleção, we could see the striker step up to another level against Steve Bruce’s side.