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“My Target Was To Win It” – Ambitious Villa Youngster Achieves Aim In Massive Award Win

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One unexpected and slightly low key signing over the summer for Aston Villa was West Bromwich Albion youngster Finn Azaz.

The now 21-year-old attacking midfielder, came into Villa extremely highly rated by Academy manager Mark Harrison, who knew him well from his time at the club – the youngster already had great first team experience from a 44 game loan spell at Cheltenham Town the previous season, where he helped them win League Two and promotion.

Upon signing for us, he immediately headed out for more first team experience, moving back to League Two, but this time with Newport County.

2021/22 has turned into another good season for the lad, as to date he had made 35 starts for them, with a further eight showings from the substitutes bench and he’s chipped in with six goals and six assists in their league campaign as they pushed hard for the Play Off spots.

Having had a great campaign for them so far, he was recognised on Sunday evening and voted the League Two Player of the Season, as well as being named in the League Two Team of the Season selection.

Speaking to the Official Site after the event, Azaz beamed.

“It feels really good. It’s been an enjoyable season and when you enjoy your football, you play your best stuff. I’m buzzing – it’s a great thing for my CV and a milestone in my journey. My target was to win it for the season and I’ve done that. I should have got better stats last season but it just so happens that I got them this season. I just tried to keep on scoring and assisting. This year, I’ve had a little bit more freedom with the role that the manager has given me at Newport. It’s been nice to have that freedom to express myself a little bit more.”

Congratulations Finn, given how well he’s done, albeit at a lower level, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to him over the summer as there’s clearly a tidy little player in there.

2022/23 For Azaz

Season At Championship Level

Season At Championship Level

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Get Him On The Bench

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