Maguire cites Wesley after 'risky' new Aston Villa signing confirmed
Aston Villa are avoiding making another big-money mistake as they did when they signed Wesley by recruiting swathes of talented youngsters.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Villa confirmed the signing of midfielder Kyrie Pierre from Bristol Rovers.
The 15-year-old is one of over 30 academy signings made by Villa over the past 12 months, according to the Athletic.
Rovers announced that they received a “record fee” for an academy player as part of the deal, their previous record being £200,000 for Scott Sinclair in 2005.
Earlier this week, Football Insider revealed that Villa plan to loan out Wesley ahead of next season and that PSV Eindhoven are interested in the 24-year-old.
Maguire acknowledged that signing youngsters comes with an element of risk but nowhere near the same amount as mega-bucks recruits like Wesley.
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“I always go back to John Bostock with things like this,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I remember him going from Palace to Spurs and it didn’t work out. So these things can be a little bit risky.
“For £200,000 or thereabouts, you get no guarantees but they signed Wesley for £22million.
“That’s about one per cent of this youngster’s fee, so you can see the logic behind what Villa are doing.
“If he is a very promising youth player then £200,000 isn’t going to move the dial anywhere. I think the risk-and-reward is very much in favour of the club.”
Wesley has spent much of his time at Villa Park in the treatment room and recently returned from a cruciate ligament injury which saw him miss 16 months of action.
He has netted six times in 25 appearances for the club.