Date: 30th September 2021 at 7:00pm
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Back during the summer transfer window, Aston Villa Academy graduate Brad Young headed out for his first real experience of professional football and penned a deal with League Two side Carlisle United until the end of the season.

Looking to build on his senior debut for us as we faced Liverpool last season in the FA Cup, the 18-year-old striker has had to be patient as he settled in at Brunton Park but manager Chris Beech has used him six times off the bench so far this year, and on Tuesday evening he made his full debut for them in the EFL Trophy clash with Everton U21 side.

It was a good night for the youngster as he scored twice and led them to victory, but speaking to the News and Star following the game, assistant gaffer Gavin Skelton seemed more pleased with his attitude as he admitted Young was critical of his own efforts on the night, believing he should’ve at least bagged a hattrick.

“That’s the first thing he said after the game – he was delighted, but should have scored more. He mentioned the header and the rebound in the first half. It shows the type of lad he is and how hungry he is to score. He’ll be pleased to get his first goals for the club under his belt – it was a good night’s work for him, and he’s greedy for more. As a forward you’re critical of yourself and you want those chances to go in, but he’s here to score goals and he’s done that for us.”

With Young’s involvement being only from the bench previously, Skelton went on to add that his performance would give the management staff some questions about future first XI selections.

“He’s a good finisher. We see that in training, and to replicate it in a game is pleasing. He’ll be full of confidence and hopefully, whether it’s five, 10, 45 or 90 minutes, he can take that into first-team action. It’s the hardest thing to do, to score goals. If someone can get on a run it can be vital for us. It’s bound to breed confidence in Brad and put questions into everybody’s head.”

They were certainly decent finishes as well.

With most Villans only having the Liverpool clash to reference when it comes to his ability, a likeness to Jamie Vardy was obvious for most given his tenacious chasing down but this is a great read for his backstory.

Suffice to say, it seems Carlisle fans are warming to him and he continues to get good support from loan watching Villans.

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