Adrian Clarke looks at summer signings who can have a big impact for their clubs in 2019/20.
Villa opted to sign Wesley from Club Brugge and the early signs are that the 6ft 3in striker can be a success.
The 22-year-old has impressed in pre-season, producing two goals and an assist on just his second start.
So hopes are high in the West Midlands that he will prove to be as influential as Christian Benteke, who was also recruited from Belgian football and scored 42 times across three Premier League seasons for Villa.
Wesley may be a tall, powerful centre forward, but he is not defined by his physicality.
In fact arguably his greatest quality is a natural poacher’s instinct inside the penalty box, an area in which he scores the majority of his goals.
The Brazilian's movement to escape the attention of his markers is naturally sharp and intuitive.
His intelligent darting runs allow him to steal a march on opposition defenders, especially from crosses that come into the box.
Last season was the striker’s most successful in terms of end product.
Scoring 13 goals and making seven assists, he boasted a direct goal involvement once every 155 minutes.
|Assists||7||Shot conversion rate||15.3%|
This is the kind of service Wesley, who holds the ball well and runs the channels, enjoys feeding off.
Their new centre-forward will also provide a bonus threat at set-pieces, which I suspect will be an important source of goals in 2019/20.
Last term they scored 24 times from set-plays, the joint-highest return in the Championship, and Wesley has a reputation of scoring goals or knocking the ball down for team-mates in such situations.
He will be one of several dangerous targets for Aston Villa to aim for inside the box.
It will be a big step up for the young Brazilian, who will encounter better quality defenders in the Premier League starting at Tottenham Hotspur on the opening weekend.
But he has the tools to ensure that he is a handful to contain, no matter who Aston Villa encounter.
If Wesley settles quickly in English football, Villa’s prospects of staying up will be greatly enhanced.
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