Aston Villa tipped to include ex-West Brom star in four-man January re-jig

Date published: Thursday 7th October 2021 8:05 - Ciaran McCarthy

Dean Smith during Aston Villa v Brentford August 2021

Ex-West Bromwich Albion youth talent Tim Iroegbunam is one of a cohort of Aston Villa youngsters touted to make loan switches in January in order to gain senior football experience.

Villa‘s Under-23’s sit in third place in Premier League 2 Division Two, and many members of the squad look ready to tackle first-team football.

While Villa’s own first team may be too much of a step up, loan moves for many of the squad would be apt, says the Birmingham Mail. Iroegbunam is one player who has impressed since making the switch from West Brom.

The midfielder has scored and assisted once each in seven games in PL2 this season. Furthermore, Villa have ‘high hopes’ for Iroegbunam, once he has gains the necessary experience.

Some youth players have already shown their stripes in the first team, Cameron Archer is a glowing example. The striker has already scored four times in the senior squad in as many appearances.

However, some may need some time out on loan. Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Caleb Chukwuemeka and Aaron Ramsey are seen as future first teamers that could benefit from loan moves.

All of these players are applying their craft in the Under-23’s currently, and are proving their worth. However, the importance of senior experience can not be understated.

Jacob Ramsey had a spell with Doncaster Rovers in 2020, where he scored three goals in seven games. He has returned to Villa a different player, and is impressing as a first-team regular.

Jacob Ramsey during match between Aston Villa and Everton

Were Villa’s youngsters made available for loan in January, surely a number of clubs would be queueing up to take them.

Villa’s recent 4-2 thumping of Burton Albion in the Papa John’s Trophy shows the talent of their youth. Caleb Chukwuemeka starred, providing two assists.

Villa in safe hands for the future

Cameron Archer Aston Villa

A number of Villa’s youngsters have featured in the first team. Of course, Jacob Ramsey is a mainstay of the side of late.

Cameron Archer’s recent emergence into first-team football has been a welcome surprise. His bullet header against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup showed his quality, even against big sides.

Carney Chukwuemeka, younger brother of Caleb, has featured three times in the Premier League in his career. Once this season, holding his own in a 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Young forward Louie Barry, who signed for Villa from Barcelona, scored in the FA Cup against Liverpool last season.

If all of these players continue to develop, Villa could certainly be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.


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