Newcastle’s next game is against Aston Villa a week on Monday, and they’ll come across a familiar face in Wesley Moraes.

The Brazilian joined Villa this summer, arriving from Club Brugge for £22 million. But if things had gone differently, he could have been wearing the black and white of Newcastle instead.

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According to the Chronicle, the Magpies had scouted Wesley, and Rafa Benitez had contacted the player about a move to St James’ Park. However, takeover uncertainty and Rafa’s contract shambles saw the striker join Aston Villa instead.

He was handed the number nine shirt, while Newcastle had to look elsewhere. In came Joelinton, another Brazilian striker who cost almost double. The £40 million man has been heavily criticised, scoring just one Premier League goal so far.

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In comparison, Wesley has found the net four times for Villa. But while he’s scored three more goals, he’s also received his fair share of criticism.

 

When he fancies it, the 22-year-old can certainly be a handful. And if he fancies it when we arrive at Villa Park next Monday, the Newcastle recruitment team could look a bit foolish. Especially if Wesley thrives and Joelinton falters.

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Our Brazilian has improved in recent weeks, but the goals are still eluding him. If this problem continues, it will be clear that Newcastle signed the wrong striker this summer.

Joelinton needs a big performance against Villa to prove that the Magpies didn’t make a mistake.

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