Has Anwar El Ghazi just saved his Aston Villa loan?

Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on November 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

El Ghazi scored an excellent goal for Villa on Wednesday night against Forest.

Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa is mobbed by team mates after scoring to make it 5-4 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November...

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.

Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa scores to make it 5-4 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28, 2018 in Birmingham,...

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.

Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa scores a goal for Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28 2018 in Birmingham,...

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch