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 enjoyed another consistently classy season in claret and blue during 2014-15.

Westwood - described by former boss Paul Lambert as an "elegant lad of great potential" - was hailed by new manager Tim Sherwood as "one of my favourite players."

And no surprise, given the high level of performance from the likeable former Crewe midfielder.

Westwood started the first 16 games, bar the Arsenal defeat at Villa Park when he was laid low with a sickness bug.

The Nantwich-born 25-year-old was then stretchered off in the 2-1 home win over Leicester City as he sustained medial ligament damage.

He returned earlier than expected for the 1-0 FA Cup third round win over Blackpool - and was then involved until the Man Utd away game when he suffered a hamstring strain pre-match.

Westwood's return couldn't have been more timely as he starred in the terrific 2-1 FA Cup semi-final victory over Liverpool.

Westwood himself admitted afterwards that he had been surprised to have been given the nod so soon but his display warranted it as he bossed the midfield alongside Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley.

He was involved in every clash from then until the end of the season and the performances of Westwood, Delph and Cleverley went a long way to securing our top-flight survival in a difficult season.

The midfielder - a product of the successful academy at Crewe, made his debut against Millwall aged 18.

He was part of the side that clinched promotion to League One after defeating Cheltenham in the play-off final at Wembley in 2011-12, making over 100 appearances for the Railwaymen.

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