Ashley Westwood

Name:
Ashley Westwood
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
01/04/1990
Height:
5' 7" (170cm)
Weight:
12st 9lbs (80.5kg)
Previous Clubs:
Crewe, Crewe
Position:
Midfielder


Ashley Westwood is a technical wizard in the middle of the park - and no wonder having come through Crewe Alexandra's renowned football factory.

The midfielder penned his first professional contract at Gresty Road in 2008 and went out on loan to hometown club Nantwich Town soon after.

He made his professional Crewe debut a year later, introduced from the bench in the League One home loss to Milwall.

In the 2009-2010 season, Westwood became a first team regular, appearing 38 times for the club, scoring six goals and also notched the club's player of the season award.

His leadership qualities were evident from a young age and in 2012, Alex boss Steve Davis named him club captain following the departure of David Artell.

With a number of clubs vying for his signature, Villa got their man on the final day of the August 2012 transfer window.

His debut came in September 2012 as a second half substitute, replacing Stephen Ireland in a home win over Swansea City.

Westwood's first start came in a 1-0 win away at Sunderland where he was highly praised for his display alongside Barry Bannan.

In July 2013 Westwood signed a new four-year contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.

He scored his first goal in a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion in November 2013.

In May 2014, Westwood scored in the first minute against Hull City, a large contribution to Villa's Barclays Premier League survival with two matches to spare.


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