Wow - Exclusive: Hutton opens up on Villa player who's 'Unstoppable in training'
Anwar El Ghazi is in platinum form at the moment and the Aston Villa forward can keep it up so long as he retains one thing: confidence.
That is according to Alan Hutton, who spoke exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams after the Dutchman scored his fifth goal in as many games against Chelsea on Monday night.
In doing so, he has already beaten his tally for last season – it took him 34 matches to score four goals in 2019-20 and eight to net five in 2020-21.
Hutton – who played alongside El Ghazi at Vila in his final season as a player – suggested that we are finally beginning to see what the 25-year-old is capable of when in full-flow, fuelled by self-assurance.
He told Football Insider: “I’ve played with him and played against him. In training, he can be unstoppable. In games, I’m watching him thinking, do that, take them on, go forward. You’re urging him to do it because you know he can do it.
“There’s been question marks hanging over him for a while now, he’s been getting a bit of stick from fans.
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“But I think he showed what kind of character he is in the Wolves game when he stepped up for the penalty. That’s where it’s turned for him.
“He’s definitely a confidence player. He’s the type of guy that sometimes needs the arm around him, and that’s just his personality, that’s the way he is.
“In his recent form, he’s been absolutely outstanding. I hope he keeps with it because there’s no reason he can’t.
“He’s got five in five, he’s playing in a strong team, they’re attacking, they’re going forward, and they are playing to his strengths. So I think he can keep it up as long as he wants to.”
A supreme technical player, El Ghazi honed his talents in the world-renowned Ajax academy before continuing his career in France.
El Ghazi joined Villa from Lille in 2018, initially on loan before making the move permanent in an £8million deal the following season.