Karim El Ahmadi

Karim El Ahmadi
Date of Birth:
6' 1" (185cm)
12st 4lbs (78.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Feyenoord, FC Twente Enschede

Karim El Ahmadi joined Villa from Dutch giants Feyenoord in July 2012 to become the club's second summer signing.

The 27-year-old Moroccan international midfielder showed flashes of his undoubted skill in his debut campaign, although he was also hampered by injuries, the latest picked up at the African Cup of Nations.

El Ahmadi scored one goal during 2012-13, a bullet strike in the 3-1 loss to Everton.

The central ace has put in good shifts this term for the claret and blues too, working his socks off in matches for the good of the team, mainly alongside Ashley Westwood and Fabian Delph.

El Ahmadi was recognised as one of the top players in Holland's Eredivisie in 2011-12, having been one of the driving forces behind an impressive season for Feyenoord in which they secured a Champions League place.

The Rotterdam outfit finished runners-up in the Eredivisie with El Ahmadi pulling the strings in the central ground.

El Ahmadi, whose parents are both Moroccan, was born and raised in the Dutch city of Enschede.

At the age of nine, he began playing at local club UDI before scouts from Twente invited him to join their academy.

He made his big breakthrough for Twente in March 2004 and went on to make 89 appearances for the club in four years, scoring three goals.

In April 2008, El Ahmadi joined Feyenoord on a five-year deal although his debut was delayed because of a groin injury.

Having become a regular over the next few seasons, the midfielder fell out of favour during 2010-11 and was loaned to UAE side Al Ahli Club for six months.

On returning to Feyenoord, El Ahmadi regained his first team place under new boss Ronald Koeman and never looked back from there.

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