Alan Hutton admits he was disappointed in the finishing ability of Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes in the club’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Brazilian hitman was not at his best on Monday night, struggling to hold up the ball for his teammates and passing up gilt-edged opportunities to score for himself.
Goals from Conor Hourihane and Anwar El Ghazi wrapped up the three points for Dean Smith’s men at Villa Park, with both Martin Dubravka and Tom Heaton making some impressive saves to keep the scoreline low.
With Wesley having gone five Premier League games without a goal, Hutton says the striker has got to be more consistent with his performances, while also pointing out he does not do enough to bring his teammates into play.
Asked if Wesley let himself down against Newcastle, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yeah, I mean, let’s not forget he is a young boy. He did come for big money but he’s just recently had his first cap for Brazil so he’s doing something right.
“I do think there’s areas where he can improve, when he holds up play and he brings other teammates into play, he must do better, and ultimately he did have a couple of chances last night (Monday) that you’d expect him to score. On another day with confidence, he puts them in to score.
“He’s got the ability, we’ve seen it in flashes, he just has to be a little bit more consistent.”
Wesley has a total of four goals for the Villans after starting every Premier League game of the season, two of those strikes coming in the 5-1 win over Norwich City back in October.
He also picked up his first international cap earlier in November, playing four minutes against Argentina.