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“New Feeder Club” “Mad Tekkers” – Villa Raid WBA For Another Talent & He Immediately Heads Out On Loan

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Following on from all the speculation linking Aston Villa with another raid on West Bromwich Albion’s Academy setup, yesterday evening we confirmed the arrival of Finn Azaz.

The 20-year-old ‘exciting midfielder’ immediately heads back out to League Two side Newport County for the coming campaign, and although the deal is for the whole season, we do retain the right to recall him in January as obviously we will be wanting to see him get good game time and minutes.

Having originally joined West Brom at the age of nine, he’s worked his way through their ranks and he made 44 appearances for Cheltenham Town in 2020/21, helping them to promotion and the League Two title.

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Academy manager Mark Harrison obviously knows Azaz very well indeed following his own spell at West Brom and he no doubt played a huge part in helping him to make the switch. Speaking to the Official Site after his signing, Harrison explained.

“Finn is a clever, creative, technically astute, attack-minded player, who had a successful loan at Cheltenham last year. When we were made aware he was available on a free transfer and discussing possible moves to other clubs, we decided to pursue his signature and we are delighted that he has signed for us. With his loan to Newport he will be able to continue his development under the watchful eye of Adam Henshall and Mile Jedinak, who are overseeing our loan strategy and will provide feedback to the first-team coaching staff.”

He’ll be another lad to keep a close eye on to see how he develops, as we must rate him quite highly to bring him in at his age given all the other youth deals we’ve done.

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