Aston Villa

Aston Villa forward Wesley faces an uncertain future even if he makes his comeback before the season ends, Football Insider has learned.

The Midlands giants’ former record signing, 24, has not played for nearly 15 months after suffering an ACL injury to his right knee on New Year’s Day 2020.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club are planning to listen to offers for Wesley in the summer window.

Manager Dean Smith was not convinced by the Brazilian before his devastating injury and saw him as below the standard needed for a spearhead at a leading Premier League club.

Wesley scored six goals in 22 appearances before he broke down, equivalent to £1m per match.

A permanent sale is possible, although Villa have little hope of recouping the-then club record £22million paid to Club Bruges in the summer of 2019.

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Another possibility for Wesley is a loan for next season to allow the striker to get some regular game time as well as the platform to reignite his career.

Both options would allow Villa the chance to strengthen their attack in the summer window.

Ollie Watkins became the club’s record signing when he joined for £28m rising to £33m from Brentford last summer.

But he has struggled to carry the goalscoring burden of late even though he has netted 10 times in the league this term and is Villa’s top scorer.

A new forward is likely to be top of Smith’s target list after the glaring lack of creativity and firepower was underlined during the last month without the injured Jack Grealish.

Villa have scored just three goals in the six matches without their talisman and captain.

In other news, it can be revealed that Dean Smith is under fire from Aston Villa chiefs for letting star go.