Aston Villa fans have defended Wesley on Twitter after he received some criticism for his performance against Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Villa suffered a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge, with Wesley producing a poor performance in the attacking third, which resulted in a number of fans getting on his back.

The 23-year-old has scored four goals since his big-money summer move, as he is seemingly frustrating fans with his lack of action up top.

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But some Villa fans were compelled to defend Wesley and make it clear that he needs more backing and more patience.

Villa deserved to lose at Stamford Bridge, with Tammy Abraham opening the scoring against his former club, before Trezeguet equalised just before half-time, as Mason Mount ended up scoring what was the winning goal straight after the restart.

It does seem that Wesley is dividing opinion amongst fans, with Jonathan Kodjia, who hasn’t started a game this season, the back-up and Keinan Davis currently on the sidelines with an injury.

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But it needs to be remembered that whilst Wesley isn’t scoring goals, his work rate up top and ability to hold up the ball is playing its part in those around him – Jack Grealish, John McGinn, Anwar El Ghazi – scoring goals.

Villa take on high-flying Leicester City on Sunday afternoon, as a solid performance from Wesley will quieten those who have been critical of him lately.

Here is a selection of Villa fans reacting to Wesley’s performance at Stamford Bridge:

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