Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins looks like he needs help up front and soon to be fit-again Wesley Moraes could be vital in giving it to him.

That is according to Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Dean Smith revealed that the Brazilian would be “back on the training ground next week.”

The 24-year-old striker signed for Villa for £22million in June 2019 but has been out of action for over a year after sustaining cruciate ligament damage on New Year’s Day 2020.

Watkins has been a success since signing from Brentford in the summer, scoring 12 goals and registering two assists, but Agbonlahor believes there are times when he looks exhausted and isolated up front.

He is sure that Wesley will prove a valuable asset going forward, particularly in physical games such as Villa’s 0-0 draw with Brighton on Saturday.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “He’s definitely got a role to play, especially if you look at the Brighton game.

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“That was the sort of game where if Aston Villa had Wesley, he could have played alongside Watkins with Jack [Grealish] in a number 10 role.

“In some games, Watkins looks like he needs a bit of help up there. Physical games with physical centre-halves, like Dunk. It would have been good for Wesley to get on and hold the ball up.

“He would give a different option. Watkins has played a lot of football and could do with a hand up there.”

Wesley scored six goals in 22 Villa appearances across all competitions in 2019-20 before his season-ending injury last January.

His Villa side are exceeding all expectations in the league this season and are six points off the top-four with two games in hand on six of the seven teams above them.

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