Villa must axe £7.2m-rated man who Smith once claimed has an “awful lot of potential” – opinion

Villa must axe £7.2m-rated man who Smith once claimed has an “awful lot of potential” – opinion

According to Football Insider, Aston Villa are trying to sell Anwar El Ghazi before the domestic window closes.

What’s the word?

The Netherlands international has fallen out of favour at Villa Park this season, failing to play a single minute of Premier League football, and only playing in the Carabao Cup thus far.

Now, Football Insider claim that El Ghazi is one of a trio of players who Dean Smith is looking to offload before the window closes on October 16, with the other two being Henri Lansbury and Frederic Guilbert.

Time to cash in?

With Bertrand Traore making a high-profile arrival from Lyon earlier in the summer, and the club already having Egypt international Trezeguet on their books, it was always going to be that much more difficult for El Ghazi to see first-team action this season.

And so it has transpired. The Dutchman has been on the bench twice in the Premier League without coming on, whilst he didn’t even make the match-day squad for the clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

For a player who Smith hailed as having an “awful lot of potential“, it’s been quite the turnaround. The £7.2m-rated ace has clearly fallen down the pecking order, and it’s quite telling that even despite Traore not being at full fitness yet, El Ghazi hasn’t tasted top-flight football thus far.

If they can get some decent money from a Championship club before the deadline, then it may be a deal that suits all parties. Villa get another fringe player off their books, and El Ghazi himself will stand a better chance of first-team football.

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