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Westwood Ready To Take Off At Turf

9 February 2017

Ashley Westwood is aiming to take his game to the ‘next level’ after moving back into the Premier League with the Clarets.

The new Burnley midfielder is already a proven top-flight performer after spending four seasons at elite level with Aston Villa.

Westwood was a first-team regular throughout that time, clocking up 124 Premier League appearances as an ultra-consistent midfield anchor-man.

And the former Crewe Alexandra captain believes he can become an even better player following his deadline-day move to Turf Moor.

“I like to get on it and keep it simple. I’m not flash. I know what I do,” Westwood explained.

“I work hard every game and keep it simple. Don’t expect me to go and beat five men and score a goal, that’s not my game.

“I keep things ticking over and hopefully add that to the team. That’s my role. To keep it simple and keep the tempo moving.

“I do need to add a bit more. I think I will get fitter. My body will be conditioned to that because I need to go to the next level now.”

Westwood ended a four-and-a half-year stay at Villa Park when the Championship club sanctioned a move away from the Midlands.

And after a tricky time for the former European Champions – who suffered relegation last season before making Steve Bruce their fourth manager in less than two years in October – Westwood was happy to
make the switch and lend his weight to Burnley’s bid to establish themselves in the elite division.

“I wanted to give it one more go at Villa because I felt I deserved to try and get them back up,” added the 26-year-old, who could make a first Burnley start against Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday after coming off the bench in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Watford.

“But it wasn’t meant to be and thankfully the gaffer here came in for me and rescued me and I’m back in the top flight now.

“Coming here I see it as a fresh start and getting my career back on track.

“I have had a few setbacks and a few not so nice words over the time, but you get that as footballers and this now is a fresh start with a great set of lads.

“There have been tough times but this is a nicely set up club and where I want to play my football.

“We are looking in good stead but it’s a tough league. We don’t want to be looking over our shoulders. We want to be pushing on.

“The boys here are tremendous - their attitude in training – and they are reaping the rewards.”

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