During the transfer window, we solidified our attack with some new loan signings. There is one in particular that has caught my eye, Dutch winger Ahmed El Ghazi.
He has signed on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal if reports are believed. El Ghazi came through the Ajax academy before moving onto Lille in France and has also played for the Netherlands at all levels.
So far for Villa, he has made 3 appearances (1 in the league cup) and I have been pretty impressed in what I have seen.
The 22 years old made his home debut in a 1-1 draw with Reading. This allowed us our first look at his electric pace and the ability to beat defenders. He also contributed to our goal with the assist. It came from a lovely cross into the box which allowed Jonathan Kodjia to head home for his third of the season. The winger was substituted 20 minutes or so from time as it was clear he wasn’t 100% match fit.
Steve Bruce then named El Ghazi in a much-changed team against Burton Albion in the cup. Despite losing the game, Villa fans were once again impressed with some saying he was our best player.
This was followed by a goal in his third appearance in a 4-1 thrashing by Sheffield United. A tidy finish right into the corner of the goal – hopefully, his first of many in the claret and blue colours.
So far, so good…
It is clear to see that he is a player with something to prove. He has added a new dimension to our team.
Although we haven’t seen it fully just yet I am sure it will come. His pace is a problem for any defender in the league and his crosses will cause havoc for defenders. He comes across as a strikers dream.
El Ghazi is going to prove that he was a huge signing this season, what we’ve seen so far is only segments of his game, and when we get him playing at his fullest ability he is going to cause trouble in this league.