'Not convinced' - Exclusive: Robinson rips into Aston Villa player who started v Leicester
Paul Robinson ripped into Aston Villa attacker Wesley as he revealed he wasn’t convinced the forward was the goalscorer the Villans needed.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Tottenham keeper stated that he thought Wesley looked like he’d take a while to truly adapt to the Premier League.
Wesley has scored four goals for the Villans this season but has failed to score in his last eight league outings.
Villans manager Dean Smith has continued to stick with the 23-year-old forward with him even starting Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Leicester City.
Robinson admitted that Wesley clearly had goals in his locker based on his form when at Club Brugge last season, but suggested he’d become a burden for Villa if he doesn’t start scoring.
When asked about Wesley’s recent goal drought, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yeah he’s not in the best run of goalscoring form, he’s only scored four this year.
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“For a team like Villa, they need a goalscorer and I’m not convinced Wesley is the one at the moment.
“It takes some players a while to adjust to the Premier League and he looks like he’s one of them.
“He was at Club Brugge last year, and scored 17 goals in total and that’s not a bad record.
“But to expect him to come in and instantly score the goals needed to keep you in the Premier League was always a big ask, but the likes of Grealish and Trezeguet will help him.
“It’s clear he can get the goals, but the longer he goes without, it’s going to become a burden.”
The Villans splashed the cash on signing Wesley from Club Brugge as his service cost them £22million.
The 23-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Villans upon joining and as a result is contracted to stay at Villa Park until 2024.
In other Aston Villa news, Hutton has been left drooling over a Dean Smith decision that has “worked wonders” this season.