Date: 6th October 2021 at 8:00pm
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It was a summer of change and disruption for Aston Villa, both on and off the pitch, but the one constant for fans outside of first team affairs, was just how promising our youth and Academy setup now is and the real results we are beginning to see from that.

Having recaptured the FA Youth Cup last season, we are seeing youngsters featuring at first team level more regularly – notwithstanding our fantastic EFL Cup efforts against Barrow and Chelsea. There’s also the small matter of our first ever Under 21 EFL Trophy victory.

A key part of this season’s successes has been the unexpected emergence of 19-year-old striker Cameron Archer.

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With a steady, but not spectacular, spell at Solihull Moors last year, Archer has exploded as a goalscoring menace in 2021/22 with a hattrick against Barrow, further strikes against Wycombe and Chelsea (EFL Cup) and then another hattrick last night in the EFL Trophy clash with Burton Albion – where we were losing 2-0.

Head coach Dean Smith clearly trusts the lad with him also getting experience against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and it can only be a matter of time before we reward his significant improvement with a new long term deal.

The goals last night speak for themselves and with back to back victories (coming from behind) I’d say we are taking the competition seriously for the first time in years, which also means there are expectations on these lads to perform and learn to win – rather than just treating it as a run out.

In the long term…that will be a massive bonus for the first team pathway.

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Interruption break or not, fans were certainly delighted with their Tuesday evening entertainment.

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