Former France midfielder Didier Deschamps was once derisively described as the âwater carrierâ by Eric Cantona, meaning he simply passed the ball to more talented team-mates.
But Westwood is happy with the affectionate moniker from his manager because the former Crewe captain prides himself on being a team player.
âHe used the phrase the other night that Iâm the âwater carrierâ, just keeping everything ticking over and not being too fancy,â said Westwood.
âItâs about just keeping it short, keeping the movement, showing for the ball and letting the likes of Stephen Ireland and Gabby do the offensive work.
âLet them work their magic and Iâll just keep feeding them the ball. I think Didier Deschamps had that nickname, didnât he? I donât mind being called a water carrier!
âI have faith in my own ability. Iâve been brought up in the right way at Crewe and I think thatâs starting to show here at Villa.â