Date: 18th July 2018 at 11:00am
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With a number of youngsters impressing for Aston Villa so far this pre-season as manager Steve Bruce took a good number with him to our Portugal training camp, fans are starting to see the benefits of that slowly following friendlies against Telford United and Kidderminster Harriers.

Last night’s game at the Banks’s didn’t include much of a youthful angle as our Under 23s were in action earlier in the day at Bodymoor in a behind closed doors friendly with Coventry City. I can’t find any match details from Villa in terms of who played, but we lost 2-1.

We did see Andre Green, James Bree, Mitchell Clark (played against Coventry I believe), Harvey Knibbs and Keinan Davis though and Clark, in particular, continued to impress people with his performance and he takes more steps towards becoming a first-team regular this year.

Many fans on social media hoped it would be his breakthrough season and again, others used it as an example of how people are cottoning on to our youngsters and how we should rely on them moving forward instead of seeing them not get a chance and then simply move on.

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7 Replies to ““Baller” “Everyone Is Catching On” “Future International” – No Loans Needed, Aston Villa Must Use Our Own Youth”

  • Of course the calibration of the oposition has to be taken into account, but I thought with one or two exceptions we played well last night, ok Jack was our stand out player but others performed well, I am a believer in our younger players we should have been playing them a lot more last season at least they play for the shirt which is all we can ask , let’s hope that now that Bruce is left with no choice he will finally give the youngsters a go. And maybe if our owner takes the slow boat to China we might just keep Jack for another season. I’ve said it before why not fall foul of FFP rules and take the hit a fine and points deduction so what.

    • Depends how many points we would get deducted. Its 10 for going into administration I believe – if its the same for FFP its a big gap to start clawing back from the start

    • Because we are already going to be here in 12 months again most likely when we have NO parachute payment inflating us, so why have a possible points deduction + possible transfer embargo + fine unless you want to cut your own nose off to spite your face. I’m not sure how your suggestion possibly helps, let alone helps keep Jack.

  • FFP is a smokescreen. Yes there are some restrictions and the squad its to large but our problems are lack of cash. If the owner is prepared to put in cash then we are ok’ish. However, the press reports and the info from company house is very concerning.

    • I’m not sure it makes any difference if he wants to, or whether he has the cash to put in. The new laws put in place by the Chinese government last year would prevent him from putting much in anyway.

    • FFP and cash flow are two entirely unrelated things. And it’s not a smokescreen unless you don’t believe under FFP Nottingham Forest had a transfer embargo the other year (they did) and under FFP you can now have a points deduction.

  • Both are issues, FFP is one part of the mess, cashflow is the other. They aren’t new laws though Gary and some reports suggest they have actually been relaxed. Also, Xia has assured the EFL and indeed our CEO that he had enough money outside of China for this not to impact us.

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