It was the main talking point of an eventful goalless draw, with the pair being separated by midfielder Marvelous Nakamba before referee Mike Dean stepped in, telling both players: ‘You’re on the same team!’
El Ghazi could have been sent off for his actions and the incident was checked by VAR, but the Villa forward escaped a red card.
We might have only played one game of football in the 2019/20 Premier League season but already players are being threatened with the axe.
There were some good, some bad and some ugly performances on the opening weekend – and numerous top-flight managers are considering ringing the changes.
Already clubs have suffered defeat and fearing they could be in for tough seasons unless they make important alterations to their starting XI.
But who are the Premier League players who are already facing being dropped to the bench?
Here talkSPORT.com take a look at 10 players who may not make the first XI this weekend despite starting in gameweek 1.
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Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)
With the Armenian dropping a poor showing against Newcastle United it really makes you wonder why the club chose to sell Alex Iwobi and not the ex-Manchester United man.
Nicolas Pepe won’t have to do much to improve on Mkhitaryan’s efforts last Sunday and we won’t be surprised to see the Ivorian in the starting XI.
Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa)
The winger was always going to have a tough time upon promotion to the Premier League and it showed on Saturday.
Against Spurs he just couldn’t get going and wasn’t a great help defensively either.
If so, Jota could be the man to benefit after his cameo in the 3-1 loss.
Jurgen Locadia (Brighton)
His move to the Seagulls just hasn’t quite worked out for all parties and it can’t be too long before the Dutchman is ditched by new boss Graham Potter.
Neal Maupay’s brilliant substitute appearance in the win over Watford could see Locadia lose his spot in the first-team.
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea)
It’s not been a great week for the French centre-back.
He looked like he’d turned a corner at Everton, while the sale of David Luiz paved the way for him to be a regular in the starting XI.
His display against Manchester United might have supporters and manager Frank Lampard worried, despite an improved showing against Liverpool.
Fikayo Tomori looked good when he got off the bench in the UEFA Super Cup though and might get a run out against Leicester ahead of Zouma.
Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace)
A baffling signing in the first place, he’s surely only good enough for a spot on the bench even in this Eagles team.
Wilfried Zaha should return now his future is at Selhurst Park, until January at least.
A fine player to have coming off the bench for manager Marco Silva but he’s just not cut out for starting role in a team attempting to crack the top six.
Alex Iwobi should replace him, if fit enough, and will be a big improvement
Hamza Choudhury (Leicester City)
The talented youngster is likely to see his minutes curtailed by the arrival of Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet.
Signed from Sampdoria, he could usurp Choudhury as soon as the weekend and leave the England Under-21 ace on the bench.
The Foxes youngster still has a major role to play for Brendan Rodgers this season, mind you.
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City)
It’s not that the Brazilian deserves to be dropped, it’s just you never know what Pep Guardiola’s thinking will be.
The Citizens face a tough Tottenham Hotspur test on Saturday evening – live on talkSPORT – and the Spanish managed may opt for the experience of Aguero ahead of the spritely No.9.
Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City)
Had the German been wearing his shooting boots last Friday, the Canaries could have been involved in a real ding-dong high-scoring thriller with Liverpool.
Instead, Stiepermann skied a couple of decent chances and might see himself replaced by Moritz Leitner, as he was in the match.
We’d like to think Daniel Farke will give him another chance, though.
Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United)
Watching the English left-back being torched by Kyle Walker on Saturday was one of the stand out moments of the weekend.
Cresswell looked totally helpless and he now seems a long way from the player who has previously earned three England caps.
Manuel Pellegrini may now turn to Arthur Masuaku as the Hammers take on Brighton.
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Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League was met with jubilant celebrations and sighs of relief from large sections of the West Midlands.
Dean Smith’s side beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley to end a three-year exile from the top flight, but the boyhood Villa fan instantly set about building a squad capable of staying up as soon as the champagne had dried off his suit.
Club-record signing Wesley Moraes is expected to be confirmed on July 1 once work permit issues have been ratified, with the 17-goal striker making his £22million move from Club Brugge official.
Smith is still working hard to bring Tyrone Mings back to the club, with the Daily Express claiming the Villans want to add six more signings to their squad.
Jack Butland of Stoke is an option in goal, with Ethan Ampadu, Leeds star Kalvin Phillips and Brentford winger Said Benrahma also under consideration.
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With John McGinn and Jack Grealish set to stay after superb seasons in the Championship, Villa could quite easily have a squad capable of challenging for a top half finish in the Premier League.
So how could Smith’s starting XI for next season look? Check it out below.
Last season, Smith alternated between a 4-3-3 formation and a 4-4-1-1, depending on who the opposition was. If, for instance, they were playing a more defensive team at home, Smith would drop Grealish back into midfield alongside McGinn and Glenn Whelan.
This would allow Villa to attack from deep and get their playmakers on the ball to create chances for former loanee Tammy Abraham up front and then supply into the wide areas where the full backs were given license to roam past their inverted wingers.
While Whelan and Neil Taylor performed dutifully last year, the introduction of Phillips into midfield and Matt Targett from Southampton at left-back adds greater mobility to the side.
If, however, they play sides who expect to dominate the ball and will try to pass Villa to death, Smith can implement a 4-4-1-1 formation to solidify his team, with Grealish playing in a more advanced role to feed off scraps from the lone striker.
Patrick Bamford has been charged with ‘successful deception of a match official,’ the Football Association has confirmed.
The charge relates to the game between Leeds and Aston Villa at Elland Road where Anwar El Ghazi was sent off for his clash with the striker.
El Ghazi has subsequently had his red card rescinded.
A statement from the FA read: “It is alleged the Leeds United player’s behaviour in the 72nd minute of the fixture, which involved committing a clear act of simulation that led to Anwar El Ghazi being dismissed, amounts to improper conduct. The forward has until 18:00 on Wednesday [01/05/2019] to respond to the charge.
“In addition, Leeds United and Aston Villa have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20. It is alleged they failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 72nd minute of the fixture. Both clubs have until 18:00 on Friday [03/05/2019] to provide a response.”
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“We gave the goal back. The facts are what everyone saw,” Bielsa said.
“English football is known for sportsmanship so I don’t have to comment on this kind of thing, which is common in England.”
On the decision to let Villa score, Shearer wrote: “I’m not sure players should get involved in kicking the ball out.
“There is nothing in the laws that says they have o when it’s not a head injury. But once one team has done it, which Villa did in the 59th minute, then Leeds should follow suit.
“Whether they should allow a team to equalise is another matter!”
On Leeds’ contentious goal, Smith said: “Klich has apologised. Every credit to Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa for putting that right.
“I asked him and he agreed. He said ‘yes’. He apologised for what happened. Fair play to them. It was a good game of football until that moment.”
The only man who didn’t appear to agree was Leeds’ defender, Pontus Jansson, who was the only player to attempt to prevent Albert Adomah from putting the ball into the empty net – even sparking a row with his own team-mates.
Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on loan from Lille.
The Netherlands winger joins for the 2018/19 season with an option-to-buy clause said to be in place which could make his move permanent.
El Ghazi had reportedly been told to find a new club as he was no longer part of manager Christophe Galtier’s plans.
This news was understood to have reached both Aston Villa and Leeds, with the Villans ultimately emerging victorious in the race for his signature.
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“I am thrilled to join a football club of the size of Aston Villa,” El Ghazi told the club website.
“I visited Villa Park late last night after flying in from Holland and it gave me goosebumps.
“I can’t wait to get out there and experience it for real and play in front of such passionate fans.”
First of all I would like to thank all of Lille’s fans for everything. You will forever remain in my heart and you never know what the future will bring. Right now I am really happy with this new challenge and I am looking forward to meeting all Aston Villa fans. pic.twitter.com/FEvVbgPtFw
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