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2019-2020 Player Preview: Anwar El Ghazi

The Dutchman had his option to purchase triggered after his successful loan with Villa last season

Charlton Athletic v Aston Villa - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Anwar El Ghazi, where do I start? He came on loan via Steve Bruce last season, and took a little bit to find his feet in English football, but once he found them, he found them.

El Ghazi is your typical flashy winger, with the ability to take people on with skill, beat them down the line, cross the ball, and finish when needed. He showed all of those attributes throughout the season in flashes, and more importantly in the playoff final with his first-half goal.

With other wingers coming in, such as Trezeguet and Jota, Anwar has a spot to earn out wide and he seemed to have done that in preseason thus far, earning the majority of the starts out on the left-hand side.

His flashiness may translate perfectly to the Premier League, and his skill seems to be growing and growing along with his confidence and chemistry with the side.

Not only was this a funny bit of banter, but it’s actually a hell of a move and finish from the Dutchman, and I hope we can see some masterclass like this during the season and in game!

In the last preseason game against RB Leipzig, El Ghazi went down after a thumping challenge from a Leipzig defender, and was in serious (verbal) pain, but then walked off and Villa boss Dean Smith has since said that he’ll be good to go for the opener this Saturday at Spurs.

Like I said, he seems to be alright. Ain’t nobody, like El Ghazi.

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