Anwar El Ghazi Joins Everton On Loan From Aston Villa
Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa has joined Everton on loan until the end of the season.
Following the arrivals of Ukraine left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko and Scotland right-back Nathan Patterson, the 26-year-old becomes Everton’s third January signing.
Everton has sold left-back Lucas Digne to Aston Villa for a fee of up to £25 million.
“Everton is a big club; I cannot wait to get started,” El Ghazi said. “I just want to focus on working hard, getting into the team, fighting for my place and, with the boys, to get Everton where it belongs – that is much higher up the table.
“I can always score a goal in an important moment. I can add a lot of value with my pace and technique going forward. I can hold the ball and I am decent in one-on-ones. I am ready and can’t wait.”
Last season, El Ghazi, who began his career at Ajax before going to Lille and then Villa, scored ten goals in 17 Premier League starts and 11 substitute appearances.
He scored the opening goal in Villa’s Championship play-off final triumph over Derby to help them return to the Premier League in 2019.