McAvennie cites Beckham as Aston Villa make up minds over Wesley transfer
Frank McAvennie claims it is a win-win situation if Aston Villa loan out Wesley this summer.
The former Villa hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to the latest on the striker’s future.
A Villa source has told Football Insider the plan is to loan Wesley out next season and recruit a new striker.
It is understood PSV Eindhoven have set their sights on signing the attacker this summer.
Wesley, 24, made his comeback last month after suffering an ACL injury to his right knee on New Year’s Day 2020.
He has now made three appearances off the bench his season, totalling just 15 minutes of game time.
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McAvennie insists Wesley should follow the example of David Beckham and prove to Villa that he is worth keeping around.
“Any player worth their salt wants to play,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“It’s hard to come back from a bad injury but you need games. If it was me, I would go down a division if it meant I was playing.
“Going out on loan is not the be-all and end-all, look what happened to Beckham. He’s one of the most famous people who went out on loan.
“If he’s going out on loan because he’s had 16 months out, I don’t have a problem with that.
“It means Villa can see if he still has it, it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Beckham went on loan to Preston North End in 1994 and impressed and as he was handed a first team chance on his return to Manchester United.
Wesley joined Aston Villa in a club-record £22million deal from Club Bruges in 2019.