The Aston Villa permanent summer signing had an afternoon to forget despite Dean Smith’s side winning at Villa Park.
A number of Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to comment on their side’s 2-1 win over Brighton today and one player who came under a fair bit of criticism was Anwar El Ghazi.
The Villa winger had a poor game by his standards today and spurned a gilt-edged opportunity as Mat Ryan’s save from Conor Hourihane came out to him, only to slice the rebound over the bar.
Dean Smith opted to take El Ghazi off in the 75th minute along with Wesley, who was also having a bad shift, and brought on Douglas Luiz and Keinan Davis in their place.
Here is what some Villa fans said on social media about the £8.1million (Transfermarkt) signing’s performance on the day:
El Ghazi…. how have you missed that.— EJ (@EJ__AVFC) October 19, 2019
Ffs El Ghazi #AVFC— Conan (@BigNostradamus) October 19, 2019
El Ghazi at his worst. A light brush sends him down – appeals for something not there – Brighton counter and he lays on the ground then jogs back while Brighton penetrate the box down his flank.— Son Lyme (@Son_Lyme) October 19, 2019
El Ghazi has been shocking today— Andy Jackson (@Jacko_AV) October 19, 2019
El Ghazi in particular has had a very poor game.— Will Davies (@wilsterdavies1) October 19, 2019
Why isn’t Trezeguet starting ahead of El Ghazi who’s been wasteful & woeful at times?— Ahmed (@Ahmed_RK76) October 19, 2019
Good double sub, Wesley and El Ghazi were not sharp today. Need to pick up the pace in the final third.— Scott Ross (@scottaross) October 19, 2019
Brighton took the lead at Villa Park through Adam Webster before Jack Grealish bundled the ball home from point-blank range on the stroke of half time.
It was a first half with a fair bit of drama as Villa had a Conor Hourihane goal ruled out by VAR, while Aaron Mooy was sent off for the Seagulls.
It looked as though Villa would have to make do with a share of the spoils but, deep into injury time, Matt Targett scored a dramatic winner to send the home stands into raptures.
The result lifts the Villans, who were mid-table in the Championship when Smith took over at B6 just over a year ago, up to 11th in the Premier League.