Aston Villa have confirmed that striker Wesley has departed to join Club Brugge on a season-long loan deal, the club Villa signed him from two years ago.
The aim of the move is to get the player some very valuable playing time. That is something he has seriously lacked in the past 18 months. He suffered a very concerning knee injury on New Years Day 2020 and has barely seen action since then.
The striker was Villa’s record singing from Brugge upon their return to the Premier League.
And he was settling in well at Villa Park prior to the injury. He’d scored five goals in the English top-flight.
His contract with the club still has another three years to run, with it set to end in 2024.
Villa will therefore be hoping this season is much more positive for the Brazilian and he returns back to his best for next summer.
That would place them in a solid position, with either a sale on the cards or a rejuvenated frontman with a point to prove.
The return to Belgium is the perfect place for him to find his feet again and adapt back to regular football.
He spent four years there before making the switch to England. In that time he bagged 38 goals. Brugge might also be able to offer him some game time in European football too.
They have been drawn in the very tough Group A. Their opponents are Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
Those matches might be too much of a step up for Wesley to start with. However, he may get an opportunity off the bench.
Villa still very much active
Meanwhile, Villa have barged in on a Belgian international who Juventus have lined up as a replacement for one of their Prem-bound stars, it has been claimed.
Despite spending big bucks in the summer window, Villa are in profit thanks to the sale of Jack Grealish.
They’ve added big singings Emiliano Buendia, Danny Ings and Leon Bailey, but still have money to spend.
Though this man would not cause them to sink too deep into their pockets…