The end of October means only one thing for me – time for an Aston Villa loan round up.
Having made the switch to getting youngsters out far better in the campaign of 2019/20, Villa fans will already know we continued that trend as we continue rebuilding our Academy setup and quite a few youngster headed out early for solid loan spells out further down the football pyramid.
Jack Clarke was the first out and he headed to Yeovil Town for a season long spell in the National League. The 21-year-old midfielder made his full debut for The Glovers back on October 3 as they got their league campaign underway and so far he has two starts and one substitute showing to his name.
Indiana Vassilev was the next out and he went to locals Burton Albion also on a season long loan. Having long kicked off their League One campaign, the young striker is starting to build on his six senior substitute showings for us, and with three substitute showings, he’s also notched up six starts for them. The 19-year-old American is still looking for his first goal for The Brewers.
Young goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo was the next to go and he went north for a season long spell with Scottish Championship side Ayr United. Their campaign also began in October and the 19-year-old Finnish youngster has made three appearances in the Scottish League Cup, along with three stats in the Scottish Championship.
Technically, Mbwana Samatta headed out on loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce, but with an obligated buy clause in place, I won’t give updates for him as he will no doubt have a decent year in the Super Lig.
Prior to the closure of the window, we also saw Cameron Archer head out locally and he went to Solihull Moors on a deal that expires on January 3. He made his substitute bow in their opener against Woking as he came on as a 59th minute substitute and he made his full debut in the following game against Wrexham. His third appearance in a 5-0 hammering of King’s Lynn Town was one to remember for the lad. He grabbed his first assist, and then opened his own account – ending with a brace.
To date, he’s made three starts, three substitute showings and returned three goals.
The last departure was Lewis Brunt, who returned to Gloucester City on a three month spell (he was with them in the second half of last season). The 19-year-old agreed the move whilst recovering from an injury, so he didn’t join up with them until the end of October. I’d imagine he’ll start getting game time at some point this month.