Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a deal to sign West Brom youngster Finn Azaz, according to Football Insider.
Azaz has caught the eye with some strong performances for West Brom’s Under-23s team in recent seasons, but spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan with Cheltenham Town.
Despite not having any experience in senior football prior to his move to the Robins, Azaz became a regular in the Cheltenham Town team, making 44 appearances as they won promotion into League One, chipping in with three goals and two assists whilst under the management of Michael Duff.
Some West Brom supporters might have hoped that they would see Azaz in their first-team in the new Championship season, with the Baggies being relegated from the Premier League last term.
But that doesn’t seem as though it’s going to happen, with Aston Villa reportedly agreeing on a deal to sign Azaz, with the move being close to completion.
This will be an irritating update for West Brom’s supporters to hear of, with Azaz looking as though he’s set to be the second Baggies youngster to be heading to their local rivals this summer.
Tim Iroegbunam is also reportedly set to sign along the dotted line at Villa Park as well, which will be tough to take for some supporters, who would have been eager to see both players potentially play a part in West Brom’s bid for promotion from the Championship this term.
Azaz came in for praise from Gloucestershire Live journalist Jonathan Palmer during the 2020/21 season, and revealed that he ‘excelled’ in the early stages of his loan with the Robins.
“Finn Azaz is operating in a ‘number 10’ role supporting two centre forwards and has excelled so far. He has plenty of tricks and flicks in his locker but has already shown progress regarding when to try things and when to keep it simple.
“His ability has shone through since pre-season and he looks a real talent based on his early competitive appearances.”
Relegation into the Championship could have been the ideal opportunity for West Brom to give some of their promising young players a chance in the senior squad, and you would have imagined that Azaz could have been one of those, especially after such a strong start to the 2020/21 season with Cheltenham Town last term.
It seems that the recurring theme of losing their best youngsters will continue to rumble on, having seen the likes of Louie Barry, Morgan Rogers and many more end up at a bigger team.
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