Should Villa play the youth?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 15, 2016
With Aston Villa doomed for relegation and the main players in the first team not showing any fight at all, should players like Jack Grealish, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy, Andre Green and Jordan Lyden be given a chance to perform in the first team to prepare for the Championship?
During the 2-0 defeat to Spurs, Aston Villa youngster Andre Green made his debut at just 17 years of age, its fair to say he did make an impact to the game. He was more of an attacking threat when he came on, he offered more. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde said “I saw he has physical ability to make him very close to the standard I require for Premier League football. I am very pleased he made his debut. He did some good stuff, even though it wasn’t easy for him.” due to Villa’s situation with owner Randy Lerner it would be great to see Green come through as a regular player.
The next player that should be getting game time is Jordan Lyden, he has been in the 18 man match day squad for a couple of months now but hasn’t been given the opportunity to perform. He was given a chance in Villa’s 6-0 hammering against Liverpool but it was not a real opportunity to show what he can really do. He has one start under his belt for Aston Villa and that was against Wycombe Wanderers. “I’d initially been with the U21s – playing the games and training with them. All of a sudden I was called in to train with the first team so that was obviously great. I have trained with them every day for the last two weeks. I still didn’t feel I was in contention to be involved in a game – that was the last thing on my mind. I was focused on working hard.” Jordan Lyden should be given the opportunity to perform and get that vital experience as he might be vital in Villa’s championship run.
Rushian Hepburn- Murphy is the second youngest player in Aston Villa’s history to make his debut at just 16 years and 176 days replacing Christian Benteke in Villa’s 4-0 win over Sunderland in the 14/15 season. Hepburn Murphy is a promising player who has been working hard for the U21s and the U18s and truely does deserve a run in the match day squad. Villa’s financial issues could benefit Hepburn Murphy as some players may be departing the club when Villa get relegated, instead of spending money on strikers, if Villa built up Hepburn- Murphy’s confidence and get him that valuable experience he may become a gem in the championship and prove to everyone what type of player he can become. After Hepburn Murphy debut Tim Sherwood said this about him “He’s a talent for the future of the football club. It will be expensive now if anyone wants to try and take him off us! It was a great moment for him to come on. I loved giving him the good news. It’s credit to the boys that we were able to give him a run out and invaluable experience.”
Finally, Jack Grealish has been around for the past year and a half but he is still only classed as a youth player even though he has been in the first team, its fair to say that he hasn’t performed this season, this is mainly due to the fact that he has lost the players he had played well with. Grealish at the end of last season was looking like the “next big thing” and people was saying that Tim Sherwood had found a gem in Jack Grealish but ever since Sherwood was sacked as Villa manager its fair to say he hasn’t got a serious run in the first team under Remi Garde to prove himself again. Garde does believe Grealish can be vital for Villa “This season is quite difficult for Jack, but he is a talented player and if I have a full season with him, a full pre-season too, things could be different hopefully.” If Grealish can get a good run in before the end of the season and get some form, maybe he can take it into next season and perform in the championship.
It would be nice to see some of the developing young talent get some game time as they are the future of Aston Villa, as Villa’s relegation is all but confirmed, the current players playing in the first team are showing no fight and no passion towards the fans and just accepting that Villa are relegated. The fans know we are relegated but all the fans want is a bit of fight shown on the pitch and if the youth get a good run out in the remanding eight games in the season, they would show the fight and passion that the fans are crying out for.