Aston Villa youngsters have a bright future

With injuries to most of the first team players at Villa Park, the youngsters have been given a chance by manager Gerard Houllier. Marc Albrighton broke into the Villa team under caretaker boss Kevin McDonald while Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Nathan Delfouneso have been given a run in the first team under Houllier.

Aston Villa

Aston Villa have always produced promising youngsters. The likes of Gabriel Agbonlahor, Craig Gardner, Liam Ridgewell, Gary Cahill, Steven Davis, Darius Vassell. From the current lot, Albrighton looks the brightest of all the youngsters.The 20 year old right winger started the season splendidly when he produced a man of the match performance against West Ham on the opening day of the season.The England U21 player have scored 3 goals this season so far against Spurs,Fulham and Man United and has provided 2 assists.His name is linked with future England caps and he deserves this.Against Man United, he terrorised Patrice Evra who is one of the best left backs in the game currently and many big clubs would be looking to secure Albrighton’s services.


Nathan Delfouneso,19, have already scored for Villa in the Uefa Cup, Carling Cup,  FA Cup and in the league. Most recently he scored against Blackpool in the midweek.His performance could have been completed with a second goal after the referee disallowed  a perfectly good header for the striker. Just ten days before starting as first choice striker for Villa in midweek, he asked to go out on loan. But Gerard Houllier is now willing to give the youngsters a chance, Delfouneso might switch his intention of going out on loan.

Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan gained experience on loan to Derby and Blackpool, as well as playing for Villa in Europe. He started his first top flight game against Fulham last weekend.He is small and feisty with a lovely left foot, pretty similar to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.On 11 November 2010, Bannan received his first call up to the senior squad for the friendly against Faroe Islands on the back of impressive outings for Villa.

Ciaran ClarkThe Harrow born Ciacarn Clark has captained England at various levels up to Under-20 but has now committed his future to the Republic of Ireland. He is naturally a central defender but can play as a holding midfielder as well which he showed in the recent derby against Birimngham City.

Lads celebrating victory After a few dour performance by Villa under Houllier, they are finally starting to get their act together now which is because of the introduction of the young players to the starting eleven. There’s definitely a sense of no pressure from the youngsters after Houllier’s assuring them of their place. The youngsters almost pulled of the best win of this season so far when they outplayed an experienced Man United and almost managed to win. Gerard Houllier said:

The only thing is with young players you need sometimes to be patient and sometimes to be indulgent.
I think at some stage one of them will have a very poor game but you must not judge on one game.
It’s a whole thing. That’s what I said to young Bannan because he was distraught after the game against Burnley.
I said ‘hang on you’re not in the team because of one game’ – he thought it was a make or break game. I said no, it’s a whole thing.

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