Aston Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi signed off from his loan spell at Villa Park with the crucial opening goal in the Championship play-off final victory over Derby County, after Dean Smith’s side secured a place in the Premier League on the back of a 2-1 winning scoreline at Wembley.
El Ghazi, 24, was a summer loan signing from French Ligue 1 side Lille under previous Villa boss Steve Bruce and has been a solid performer all season, scoring six goals and making six assists in 35 appearances in all competitions.
So should Villa look to sign El Ghazi again for next season?
“I think so.
“He showed what he can do in the final and in recent months he has come on leaps and bounds.
“He’s very direct and could cause opposing full-backs problems next year.”
“I think so.
“El Ghazi was an important player for Aston Villa in the Championship and played an important role in helping the team win promotion to the Premier League.
“He could have what it takes to make the step up to the Premier League and I would not be surprised if Dean Smith tries to resign him.”
“It should be a no-brainer.
“Although El Ghazi wasn’t the most consistent of performers in Dean Smith’s side, he’s evidently a big game player.
“He’s got the flair and quality to be playing regularly in the Premier League and I think he could be a real threat for Villa going forward.
“He’d be the first player I’d be looking at signing permanently in the summer.”