Ashley Westwood

Squad No. 18
Date of Birth April 1, 1990
Age 32
Height 174cm
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Nantwich
Previous Clubs Aston Villa

Ashley Roy Westwood (born 1 April 1990) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Premier League club Burnley.

Westwood’s first club was Crewe Alexandra, where he spent his first season on loan at his hometown club Nantwich Town from the Northern Premier League Premier Division. After five seasons and 128 league appearances in League One and League Two for Crewe, Westwood joined Premier League club Aston Villa in Birmingham where he scored his first Premier League goal in his second season with them. Six months after Villa dropped out of the Premier League, Westwood joined Burnley, returning to the Premier League in the process. He was Burnley’s Player of the Season for 2018–19.

On 31 January 2017, Westwood signed for Premier League club Burnley on a three-and-a-half-year contract, with the option of a further year. He scored his first goal for Burnley on 10 March 2019, opening the scoring direct from a corner in a 4–2 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield. He was voted Burnley’s player of the season for 2018–19 by both supporters and players. On 3 October 2020, Westwood scored on his 100th Premier League appearance for Burnley in a 3–1 defeat against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

Westwood operates primarily as a deep-lying playmaker although he is capable of playing in a role higher up the midfield as well as right back. After his transfer to Aston Villa, Westwood compared himself to Michael Carrick adding that he is “someone who stays out of the limelight and keeps it simple, retaining the ball and laying it off to team-mates”.