Ashley Westwood’s happy in the Villa fast lane

Ashley Westwood admitted training at Villa has been “lightning” as he continues to adjust to life at a Premier League club.

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The 22-year-old midfielder joined the claret and blues in a deal worth around £2m from League One Crewe and revealed the biggest difference is the intensity under Villa boss Paul Lambert.

“Training is lightning. That is the big thing I noticed – the training is so intense and every day you have got to be on it. You can’t afford to cruise through training here,” said Westwood.

“It is amazing to be part of the Villa first-team squad. I was happy to come here and be spare man to start with but to actually be involved on the bench and get the experience from that, especially with the atmosphere at the grounds.

“It is going to take time to get used to it. It was nice to make my debut in the first match I was really involved in. It is nice that the gaffer is showing faith in me and I just need to keep pushing on now.

“To be fair to the lads they have been brilliant with me. It has felt like home straight away, I’ve been made to feel really welcome.

“It is going to take time to get used to the speed of the game in the Premier League but training with the lads week in, week out will help.

“The gaffer said to the young lads if you are good enough I’m not afraid to push you in so hopefully I can do my bit.”

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