Aston Villa striker Wesley Moraes had a great surprise this weekend. The 22-year-old has been called up by the Brazilian national team, and will have the first chance to represent his country.

He hadn’t been included in the initial squad for the friendlies against Argentina and North Korea. However, Ajax’s David Neres has a knee injury which will leave him out for the year, and Wesley got his place.

Chelsea’s Willian has given an interview to Globo Esporte on Monday, and when asked about Wesley’s inclusion in the list, he praised the striker’s start in the Premier League.

“He’s doing great, I’ve been following his games a little,” Willian told Globo Esporte.

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“He is a player who is very well adapted, looks like he’s been in England for a while, scoring goals. I hope he can be happy in the Brazilian team too.”

Wesley has four goals and one assist in 12 appearances for Aston Villa so far. Every time the Brazilian media writes about him, they have to give him an introduction. That’s because he’s never played for a top club in his country, having left early for Europe, where he’s played for Trencin in Slovakia and Club Brugge in Belgium before moving to England.

This is a reason why people on social media have been criticising his call up. Let’s hope he can respond by scoring goals for Brazil.