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ASHLEY WESTWOOD
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UPDATED 06:32 31st January 2017

Westwood joined the Clarets on deadline day, in January 2017, on a three-and-a-half year deal, with a further year’s option.

The Nantwich-born midfielder came through the much-vaunted Crewe Alexandra Academy to progress to the club’s professional ranks in 2008.

Westwood went on to make 138 appearances for Crewe and, in 2012, was made club captain by manager and former Burnley captain Steve Davis.

He played a leading in helping the Alex clinch promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2012 – beating Cheltenham in the final at Wembley - with his performances attracting the attention of Premier League clubs.

Aston Villa won the chase in August, 2012 and completed a £2m deal to take Westwood to the Midlands on a four-year contract.

Within a year he had been rewarded with a new deal by manager Paul Lambert and was a regular at the centre of Villa’s midfield for four seasons in the Premier League as one of the most highly-rated young players in the country.

Westwood is fondly remembered at Villa Park for a crucial goal against Hull City as Villa won a battle to stay in the top flight in 2014.

He was instrumental in another successful fight against relegation and a run to the FA Cup final in 2015 – signing a new five-year contract once safety had been assured - but couldn’t help Villa beat the drop last term in a season of turmoil at Villa Park.

Westwood remained a regular starter in the Championship for Villa this season but at the age of 26 has been given a fresh chance in the Premier League and looks set to be a key member of Sean Dyche’s squad for the foreseeable future.

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