El Ghazi scored an excellent goal for Villa on Wednesday night against Forest.
Anwar El Ghazi has been somewhat of an enigma at Aston Villa since joining the club on loan from French side Lille in the summer. But on Wednesday night, he may have just saved his career with the Midlands club.
The 23-year-old began the season in excellent form, scoring against Sheffield United and providing the assist for Villa's only goal in a 1-1 draw against Reading. But for October and almost the whole of November, he managed just 40 minutes.
On Wednesday night, the winger reminded Villa fans and indeed manager Dean Smith what he is capable of - scoring his side's fifth goal in an enthralling 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest.
Villa and Forest played out an entertaining clash that included 10 goals, penalties and a red card to Forest defender Tobias Figuerido. Tammy Abraham netted four times for Villa, before El Ghazi scored.
Before his second Villa goal, El Ghazi's future at Villa may have been in doubt. Having featured just six times before Wednesday's outing, his loan was beginning to be deemed as a failure.
With a possible recall - or indeed cancellation - of his loan in January, El Ghazi was certainly heading to a potential return to Lille in January. But his exquisite goal may have just saved his spell at Villa.
Indeed, El Ghazi killed a low cross with perfection, before curling a superb effort with his left foot past Costel Pantilimon - all 6ft 8in of the Romanian goalkeeper.
It will surely convince Smith to use the two-time Holland international more often - and in turn convince Villa to keep him in the Midlands rather than sending him back to France.
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