By Noel Whelan

31st Jul, 2021 | 10:00am

Aston Villa taking risk on 'unplayable' El Ghazi after Smith U-turn - Whelan

Noel Whelan has claimed Aston Villa would be taking a risk allowing the “unplayable” Anwar El Ghazi to leave this summer.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 26-year-old is underrated but admitted his inconsistency lets him down.

As revealed by Football Insider on July 25th, Roma have launched a bid to sign El Ghazi after Dean Smith’s U-turn and the latest is they are set to start at the £10million-plus mark.

The Villa boss had blocked the winger from leaving after Trezeguet’s serious injury but is now open to offers.

A Villa source told this site the club are expected to cash in if their £15million valuation is met this summer.

Whelan admitted El Ghazi has not delivered consistently enough for the Villans yet.

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However, he suggested it would be a gamble letting a player of his quality leave.

Asked if he thought El Ghazi was underrated at Villa Park, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. I think he’s a great player with power, pace, he can score goals outside and inside the box.

“A player, I guess, that hasn’t really been that consistent. Someone you expect more from but sometimes doesn’t give you what he’s got in his locker. I think that’s the reason Villa are easier to let him go away.

“They haven’t seen that consistency enough in the player that they brought in. At times, he can be unplayable, he really can. But you can’t be having that one in five games.

“You’ve got to get more consistency into his performances, hence why they may be considering letting him go to Roma.

Jose has obviously seen something in a player, in his time in England, he feels he could do a job in Italy.

“It might be a good move for everybody if it turns out. But you also do know that you could be losing a player who could go and excel. There are risks on both sides with a player like that.”

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