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El Ghazi Hangs Up His Villa Gloves As More Youngsters Head Out On Loan


Just ahead of most of us unfortunately watching the shambles that was our trip to the Emirates Stadium where we were again roundly beaten – Arsenal this time – Aston Villa announced the expected departure of Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi.

The 27-year-old arrived at the club from Lille back on a loan spell in 2018 and in his 30 starts and six substitute showings that season, he more than played his part in helping us to promotion via the Wembley Play Off route, chipping in with six goals – one of which came at the national stadium.

Having joined us permanently over the summer, he went on to make 58 further starts (25 substitute showings), adding a further 20 goals to his tally, but he did spend an unsuccessful loan spell out with Everton in the second half of last season.

He has now made the switch back to his homeland, having joined PSV Eindhoven for an undisclosed fee.

A very classy goodbye message, and although it didn’t all go his way during his time with us, clearly he was well liked looking at the comments on social media.

It hasn’t been the only departure as the deadline window heads to tonight’s close.

Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Tyreik Wright has made a loan move out to League Two side Bradford City. The 20-year-old will remain with them for the rest of the 2022/23 campaign.

19-year-old Brad Young has also headed out, and he goes north of the border with a spell with Scottish Championship leaders Ayr United. He is also with them for the remainder of the campaign.

Highly rated England Under 19 midfielder, Tim Iroegbunam, has headed to the Championship for a spell with Queens Park Rangers. The 19-year-old links up with former coach Michael Beale at the club and it’s his first loan spell away from us.

And finally, at least so far, young midfielder Hayden Lindley has headed out to League Two side Newport County. The 19-year-old is also with them for the year.

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