Ashley Westwood is almost alone in giving maximum effort for Aston Villa, says Andy Townsend

Former Aston Villa midfielder Andy Townsend is impressed with one player at the club.

Aston Villa's season lurches from bad to worse, and it's safe to say all connected with the club just want the last day of the campaign in May to arrive already.

Former midfielder Andy Townsend is among those who is frustrated with the team's poor performances which have left them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, nine points adrift of 19th placed Newcastle, who have played a game less.

Townsend told BBC Radio 5 Live's Monday Night Club football programme that he is at least impressed with Ashley Westwood, and feels he is the only player giving it his all.

He said: "Ashley Westwood will still be there [next season], a Villa boy through and through. He's one of the few that does try and has given his very best, to give the maximum in a team trying desperately.  He is almost alone in that respect."

Westwood, has made 25 starts in midfield for Villa this season, but has been able to offer little in terms of a goal threat, failing to find the net and providing just one assist.

The 25-year-old will hope to improve on this considerably in the Championship next season, assuming he is retained by the club.

Townsend clearly feels that if Villa are to improve, he is the sort of player Villa need to be keeping hold of.

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