The 25-year old has seen his consistency in recent months rewarded with a new deal.
Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 12, 2015
The former Crewe Alexandra man joined the Villans three years ago and has slowly but surely established himself as a vital, yet often overlooked component of the Villa midfield.
This summer has seen the arrivals of central midfielders Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gueye, but the departures of Fabian Delph and Tom Cleverley - along with Westwood’s impressive form - has ensured he remains a permanent fixture.
His contract extension comes after Tim Sherwood spoke of his determination to keep, and add to, his core of English talent, and Westwood has been chief among those in recent seasons – making 92 Premier League appearances in the last three campaigns.
His contribution in the heart of Villa’s midfield isn’t universally lauded, however, with some fans suggesting he doesn’t have enough to his game and clamouring for an upgrade.
Reaction on Twitter to the contract news was substantial and we’ve provided a selection of the best tweets below:
Now Delph has slithered off, Westwood might actually be my favourite Villa player. Massively underrated.— Rudy Gestede (@RichardYallop) August 12, 2015
So happy about Westwood's new contract! Honestly one of the most underrated players in the league. #AVFC— Daniel Bevington (@DanBevz) August 12, 2015
There are actually people out there who don't rate Westwood. Unbelievable— Dan Bennett (@DanBennett_) August 12, 2015
Ashley Westwood is better than Pirlo. Delighted he's been rewarded with a new contract. #AVFC— Glenn Morris (@GlennMorris_) August 12, 2015
new 5 year deal for Westwood. And there were some idiots that thought Sherwood didn't like him. He's here as starter 4 the long term #avfc— Jordan MacGeever (@jords_mac) August 12, 2015
His pricetag is often used against him, perversely, but Ashley Westwood a flat-out bargain. A BARGAIN.— Aston Villa Review (@VillaReview) August 12, 2015
No one will convince me otherwise, Westwood isn't good enough and needs to be replaced.— Amar (@AmarAvfc) August 12, 2015
Not 100% sold on Westwood. One minute he passes like Gerrard, the next he can't find a man two yards away & his corner taking... #avfc— James (@JamesAshNelson) August 12, 2015
Time to step up now Westwood, good player but we need more from you— Alex Davis (@TheOriginal_Cat) August 12, 2015