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Ashley Westwood Profile

31 January 2017

New Burnley signing Ashley Westwood came through the much-vaunted Crewe Alexandra Academy to progress to the club’s professional ranks in 2008.

The Nantwich-born midfielder 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 after signing a three-and-a-half-year deal at Burnley - with the option of a further 12 months - where he looks set to be a key member of Sean Dyche’s squad for the foreseeable future.

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