The Athletic’s Gregg Evans has dropped an Aston Villa transfer update on Anwar El Ghazi’s future at the club.
Speaking on The Athletic’s 1874 podcast, he said: “El Ghazi’s an interesting one because I think, in an ideal world, Villa would probably have tried to move him on – if they’d have got a taker for him.
“And maybe this is Villa not being proactive enough and finding somebody who could have taken him earlier on in the window.
“Yeah, he came in and served a purpose early in the season, but he’s a player that’s going to be struggling to feature, I think, now. I don’t think he’s going to get many Premier League minutes. He’ll only get minutes if there are injuries elsewhere. I don’t think he’s going to be a happy bunny because he’s not gonna be playing enough.”
Amid all the success Villa enjoyed in bringing players into the club, not cashing in on El Ghazi may be one of the only blotches in their book in terms of their summer transfer window.
Reports had indicated that the Midlands club were hoping to receive around £17m for him, with Serie A side AS Roma very interested in taking him to Italy.
In the end, Villa chose not to let El Ghazi go, and having also signed the likes of Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia who predominantly play out wide, the Dutchman now faces far more competition for places at Villa Park.
If they had recouped some of that outlay from selling El Ghazi, Villa could potentially have reinvested the money into a more pressing need, like central midfield.
Villa fans might be fuming at Evans’ update on the 26-year-old Dutch international.