Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes will offer Dean Smith a much-needed plan B when he returns to full fitness.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer delivered his verdict after Smith revealed the 24-year-old’s path to a first-team return.
He told the press earlier this week Wesley was set to join in non-contact training with the group before potentially partaking in contact sessions within a fortnight.
Wesley has not featured for Villa since suffering a serious cruciate knee injury against Burnley last January.
However, Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training base was closed on Thursday due to the club being hit by a significant coronavirus outbreak.
Asked by Football Insider what Wesley can offer Villa when he returns to full fitness, Agbonlahor said: “You look at the games and Ollie Watkins doesn’t get a break. He works so hard, doesn’t stop running.
“You see some games you’d probably think ‘you know what, let’s give him a breather and bring on another striker who can help’. You can’t just play one striker all season.
“So yes, it will be good to get Wesley back.
“When you’re watching Villa sometimes they need a plan B and Wesley is that plan B. He can come on, rough up the defenders, even play two up front some games if you’re chasing a goal.
“Look at the Man Utd game, Wesley would’ve probably come on after 60 minutes and they go two up front just to add a bit more physicality up front. It just gives you another option doesn’t it.”
Watkins has been an ever-present for Villa this season after his summer move from Brentford but has not found the net in his last eight games.
Wesley scored five goals in 21 Premier League games last term before suffering his season-ending injury.