By Harvey Byrne
Stan Collymore has shared that he believed departing midfielder Ashley Westwood “did his very best” during his time at Aston Villa.
It was confirmed on Tuesday evening that the midfielder had made a return to the Premier League with Burnley.
The player spent just under five years at the Midlands giants after completing a £2million move to Villa from Crewe in the 2012 summer window.
He featured in 162 appearances for the club in total, bringing a return of five goals and 13 assists, while he was also one of the most criticised in a disappointing relegation campaign last season.
But, self confessed Villa fan and former striker Collymore wished him well and shared on his personal Twitter account that the player tried his hardest in a difficult period for the club.
Good luck to Ashley Westwood at #LFC. Came to the club during tough times, great lad, did his very best.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) January 31, 2017
Burnley are currently sat in ninth place in the Premier League table with 10 points keeping Sean Dyche’s men clear of the relegation zone.
Westwood will be eager to help the club consolidate after their promotion last season, while also hoping to recapture the form which once saw him as a bright prospect.
Meanwhile, Villa have also been busy in the transfer window, signing five players, which includes midfielders Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason and Conor Hourihane.
In other Aston Villa news, Villa completed the signing of this attacker on deadline-day.