Wesley names best Aston Villa performance and makes Jack Grealish admission

Aston Villa news | Wesley suffered a season-ending injury on New Year's Day against Burnley


Aston Villa record signing Wesley Moraes didn't expect his season to end in agony at Turf Moor.

It wasn't the damning disappointment of relegation that ended 19/20 for Wesley - one of few natural conclusions to the current season that is suspended due to the coronavirus crisis - but a vicious tackle from the Clarets' Ben Mee that sent the tough Brazilian to the floor in a heap.

However, before the striker suffered the ligament injury caused by the tackle, he had looked to impress - dominating the final third in a new-look formation for Villa that seemed to bring the best out of his partnership with Jack Grealish.

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It was all looking sweet for Wes, as well. He had scored and played well until Mee struck his knee, and was already planning for a brighter future at Villa during the game.

Still, that hasn't stopped his comeback plan.

"When I scored, I said 'now I have to continue to help my teammates, but I had this bad injury. I have to continue. There's no finish for me. I need to come back and do good, do what I have to do," said Wesley speaking exclusively to VillaTV.

Burnley was one of few good performances for Wesley, who admittedly had a rather tough time at the Villa after joining from Club Brugge.

The forward did note that his best performance for the side - until the Burnley game - came early on.

As summer faded out, Villa hosted Everton at Villa Park and truly kicked off their Premier League campaign with a resounding win over the Toffees, buoyed by Wesley's first goal.

"My first goal for Aston Villa was amazing. The Villa fans are so incredible," added Wesley.

"I think so [the 5-1 Norwich was possibly the best performance], but the first goal was the best, it was my first for the team, for the fans, it was the best game."

Outside of his on-pitch role, he had been growing behind the scenes, admitting a fond friendship with Villa captain Grealish.

"I speak with Jack, you know! The number ten. Captain. He's a friend. He talks to me a lot, he's played for Aston Villa a long time. I speak with him a lot!," said Wesley on the mercurial Villa icon.

It's not just Grealish though. Every Villa fan has seen the clips of Wesley and Brazil team-mate Douglas Luiz celebrating together by dancing - but their relationship is far more than just surface-level fun.

Douglas Luiz with Wesley Moraes and Marvelous Nakamba after scoring

The pair are true friends, with Wesley and Luiz helping each other settle into their new home.

"Before I had my injury, I was helping him with English. He's a great guy, tried to help him every day. Now with the injury, he calls me for help," added Wesley on his close friend.

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The mission for the big Brazilian has only just started, and while he suffered a serious set-back, the current delay of the footballing calendar has allowed him to catch up and recover without the stress of Villa carrying on without him.

He'll have to fight for a place with Mbwana Samatta and Keinan Davis, but should he return to fitness, there's every chance he could find himself registered for the run-in, when it returns.

And Wesley has big aims.

"I want to come back, score goals and put Villa in a good position. Then we want to win some trophies, because Villa are a big team."