Aston Villa confirmed the signing of winger Anwar El Ghazi from Lille for an undisclosed fee on Monday morning, and after the announcement their supporters took to social media to react to the news.
The Villans fans know all about the Netherlands international as he spent the majority of last season at Villa Park, scoring the opening goal in the Championship play-off final which got the Birmingham based side on their way to a return to the Premier League.
He was only on loan with Villa at that time, but with no deal done to keep him at the club he was due to head back to Lille. Dean Smith was determined not to let that happen though and the two parties pushed on with a move that ensures the 24-year-old remains with the top flight new boys.
As well as his goal in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium, El Ghazi made a big impact in his first spell with the Villans, and has been challenged to continue to improve at Villa Park and go on and fulfil his outstanding potential at the club.
In all, the Dutch star made 36 appearances for Villa in a stint that saw him find the net on six occasions, including that memorable day in which the former European champions got promoted.
El Ghazi has penned a four-year deal with the Villans in a move which will make him a key feature of the squad for the foreseeable future.
Naturally, Villa fans were delighted to see someone who made such a big impression at Villa Park return for a permanent spell, with many of them believing that he has even more to offer than what they have already seen, and look forward to seeing the Dutchman deliver the goods in the top flight.
Here are some of their messages:
nothing makes me happier than seeing @AElGhazi7 has signed a 4 year deal with Villa… he arrived at Villa in August 2018 & each time he put a Villa shirt on, his performance got better & better. he was born to play in the premier league! AINT NOBODY LIKE EL GHAZI… 🔥 #AVFC
— Gem 🦄 (@Gemmer_x) June 10, 2019
Chuffed with El Ghazi signing today. He was our best player in the home leg and final of the playoffs. Also had a great game against Bristol City at home when he seemed to relish being our main creative outlet with Grealish injured #avfc
— Lee Bickerton (@Lee_Bickerton) June 10, 2019
Anyone questioning El Ghazi on the big stage, just look at the Play Off Final – biggest game of our season. He bossed it.#avfc
— Aston Villa View (@MyVillaView) June 10, 2019
El Ghazi is an important signing. Real pace absolutely key in the top division, epsecially as we are likely to need to play more counter attacking football than in the Championship. With a full preseason and more personal stability, he could be a real asset. #avfc
— Villa Views (@VillaViews_) June 10, 2019
24 years old. Bags of ability and only getting better game by game under Dean Smith. Brought through the Ajax youth system. £8 million / £9 million. Whatever the price. Anwar El Ghazi. Worth it in the current market. UTV #AVFC
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) June 10, 2019
Ain't nobody like El Ghazi #avfc
— Phil (@phildaroom) June 10, 2019
£8m for El Ghazi is another great bit of business by the club. Maintaining continuity while adding some fresh faces that possess different qualities is going to be key over this window #avfc
— Cole – TalkAstonVilla (@TalkAstonVilla) June 10, 2019
— James Higgins (@JamesHiggins666) June 10, 2019
— Mark Green (@markagreen72) June 10, 2019
Really happy to hear El Ghazi has joined us. He's a really likeable player #AVFC
— Matt Wooding (@AussieVillain) June 10, 2019