Aston Villa were one of the busier clubs during the recent January transfer window, not just in terms of bringing new players to the club but also with a number of players leaving Villa Park on loan deals.
One player that packed his bags for a temporary move away from the Midlands club was winger Anwar El Ghazi, who joined Everton until the end of the season after failing to break into the Villa team when Steven Gerrard took over from Dean Smith in mid-November.
With a grand total of nine league minutes on the pitch under his belt since arriving at Goodison Park, the Dutchman’s loan spell has not been particularly fruitful for the winger, who is currently picking up a weekly wage of £38k-per-week according to Salary Sport, as of yet.
Taking this into account, if the 26-year-old, who has been described as a “nightmare” to come up against in training by former Villa defender Alan Hutton, doesn’t end the season on a positive note and isn’t likely to convince Gerrard that he has what it takes to break into his team moving forward, it could be an option for the club to get rid of him permanently when the summer transfer window opens.
With that in mind, this could give the former Liverpool midfielder the chance to dip into Villa’s youth academy and give one of their young prospects to shine in El Ghazi’s potential absence.
One player that could benefit from this potential series of events is 19-year-old winger Tristan Abldeen-Goodridge.
As a product of the Midlands club’s youth academy, which has previously produced players such as Jack Grealish, Gareth Barry and Marc Albrighton to name but a few, the attacker has racked up eight goals and eight assists in 43 appearances across their U18 and U23 sides in total, showing how capable he is of scoring and assisting goals.
A review from journalist Josh Bunting presents why he’d be the ideal candidate to fill a squad role if El Ghazi does leave.
He took to Twitter in December to say: “I could see him in the first-team squad at the end of the season he’s a Steven Gerrard type player. He’s very aggressive and links play very effectively, very smart.”
With Gerrard giving minutes to the likes of Jacob Ramsey and Carney Chukwuemeka in the Premier League this season, who have both made it through the youth system, as well as Tim Iroegbunam in recent weeks, Abldeen-Goodridge could be the next name unleashed in the senior side next season if he keeps scoring and providing goals on a regular basis.