The Twitter rumour mill has been in full flow again today and speculation regarding Paul Lambert’s Wolverhampton Wanderers side is well and truly underway.
This time they have been linked with a move for Villa midfielder, Ashley Westwood.
— Ev Football Business (@FootballInSuits) January 8, 2017
The midfielder who followed Lambert to the club in 2012, has been the subject of a marmite divide between the fans.
However, whether you love him or hate him – the lad born in Nantwich has come a long way since his first game for Crewe Alexandra, which was a League One fixture against Millwall. Westwood, on the way, was brought on as a 90th-minute sub.
A career at Crewe grew and by the time he’d left in 2012 – he had helped the club gain promotion back to League One. Having left Crewe on deadline day, he was featuring for the Villa first team just a few short weeks later. A dramatic rise for anybody.
He would again be linking up with Lambert, who was appointed Walter Zenga’s successor when the Italian was relieved of his duties towards the end of October. From there, Lambert has himself largely struggled. An away victory over Stoke, however, in the third round of the FA has lifted the mood slightly around Molineux.
Should Westwood leave Villa to head to their Black Country neighbours – he would command a fair fee. He only signed a new contract in the summer of 2015. At the time, a five-year contract.
A move could be best, however, for both him and the club. With Villa on the lookout for midfield reinforcements, Westwood could find himself pushed further down the pecking order by the end of the transfer window.
Should this move transpire, it could be a good one all round.