“It’s huge for his confidence” – Alan Shearer on Aston Villa’s Wesley

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The Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer Alan Shearer has expressed his admiration towards Aston Villa’s new signing Wesley Moraes, who found the net for the first time in the Claret and Blue colours during Villa’s 2-0 victory over Everton on Friday evening.

The goal was the Brazilian’s first in the Premier League since joining from Club Brugge, and the £22m summer signing has endured some unjustified criticism from the press and ex-players after failing to find the net in Villa’s opening two fixtures.

And after silencing those critics with a goal in Friday’s win over Everton, Shearer, who fired in 260 Premier League goals, leaped to the defence of the Brazilian.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2, he said: “It’s huge for any centre forward to make yourself feel part of the football club. To introduce yourself to the fans.

“I was fortunate enough that at Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle they came relatively early, straight away.

“But I have been on droughts in my career and the longer you go, the more you start to doubt yourself.

“So the sooner you get off the mark, the better it is for your confidence.”

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