Date of Birth:01/04/1990
Height:5' 7" (170cm)
Weight:12st 9lbs (80.5kg)
Previous Clubs:Crewe, Crewe
And he soon became one of the first names on the manager's teamsheet with performances of class and composure in the centre.
The 23-year-old made his debut from the bench in the 2-0 home win over Swansea and never looked back.
His first start came in the 1-0 victory at Sunderland, a game he dominated from the middle ground.
He has quickly become a fan favourite for his elegant style and immense passing game.
He played thirty-one times for the team - twenty-nine from the start and two from the bench.
Westwood progressed through the academy at Crewe before signing his first professional contract in April 2008, but had to wait almost a year to make his debut for the Alex following a short loan spell with non-league Nantwich Town.
In March 2009, the then-19-year-old played nine minutes for Crewe in a 1-0 defeat to Millwall, totalling only 22 minutes of first-team action for the club that season.
In 2009-10 Westwood's career really took off as he scored six goals in 38 appearances, only two of which were from the substitutes bench.
The hard-working midfielder featured on 46 occasions the following season and he scored another six goals for Crewe, including a vital brace in a 3-3 draw against Torquay, as he was named as one of three Alex captains.
Westwood continued his good form in 2011-12 as he produced some match-winning displays in a promotion-winning Crewe side, scoring three goals in 47 appearances, which included both legs of the League Two play-off semi-final and a 2-0 win over Cheltenham in the final.
Following his appointment as captain in August, he had appeared in all of Crewe's games at the beginning of the 2012-13 season before signing for Villa.
Overall, Westwood played 138 times for the Railwaymen, scoring 15 goals.
Ashley Westwood's home shirt is sponsored by Crown Construction Services.
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