Aston Villa podcaster Dan Bardell has made a claim on Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi regarding his place in Dean Smith’s team.
On the subject of El Ghazi, who started the game at Elland Road and scored the winning goal for the Villans, Bardell had this to say about him. (12.01)
He said: “El Ghazi obviously got man of the match and now we’re looking at when [Jack Grealish returns] you’ve probably got to keep El Ghazi on the left because you can’t take him out after scoring again, I think that’s the thing that dented his confidence.
“We’ve seen him come back and not quite look the player he was before that break. I think he’s probably a little bit hurt that he was up for player of the month, scored five in five and then he was just taken straight out, so really it would be very cruel of Dean Smith to do that again and probably unjustified.”
Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £7.2 million, has made 94 appearances for the Villans in which he has managed to score 19 goals and provide 13 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Dan Bardell’s comments on El Ghazi and his place in the Villa team…
Given how El Ghazi played against Leeds in the absence of Jack Grealish, who is out injured, and managed to earn himself a match rating of 8.28/10, the highest of any player on the day, this shows that he has what it takes to perform at a high level for Villa in Grealish’s place.
Do you think Smith should drop El Ghazi when Grealish returns?
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see whether or not Smith decides to take El Ghazi out of the team when Grealish returns from his current injury.
In our view, because Grealish has been Villa’s standout player so far in this campaign with an overall season rating of 7.73/10 for his performances, Smith should try and work out a way in which he can get both Grealish and El Ghazi on the pitch together.