El Ghazi: opportunity taken with both hands

With five goals in Aston Villa’s last five league games, Anwar El Ghazi plays a leading role in the Premier League. “The manager gave me a chance and I took it with both hands,” said the former Ajax player at Stamford Bridge, where he gave Aston Villa a point against Chelsea (1-1). Shortly after halftime, El Ghazi took care of the equalizer by filling a cross from Matthew Cass through the legs of Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy into the goal at the far post.

El Ghazi had to wait a long time for his chance this season. He only made his first playing minutes in the English football league at the beginning of November. The two-time Orange-international initially had to make do with raids. After scoring the winning goal against Wolverhampton Wanderers (0-1) on December 12 as a substitute with a penalty kick in injury time, El Ghazi gained the confidence of manager Dean Smith. He rewarded that with goals against West Bromwich Albion (two, 3-0), Crystal Palace (3-0) and Chelsea.


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