The first dull and boring international break of the 2021/22 campaign can only mean one thing – time to check in on how Aston Villa’s youngsters are doing in their respective loan spells away from the club.
It was a busy summer on an ‘out’ front as the club stuck to the plan that was laid out previously and we are definitely seeing more young talent head out far quicker than in previous years to get some real footballing experience and that can only be of benefit to them, and us, when it comes to their overall development.
First out was attacker Indiana Vassilev, with him heading back to the United States for a season long spell with Inter Miami. The 20-year-old attacker has caused quite a stir so far, at least with their matchday commentator who celebrated his first goal by calling him Indiana Jones and as he bagged his second for them, scoring was compared to eating a Twix.
Indy has made one start with eight substitute showings.
Next out was goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic who again returned to Hajduk Split for the season. He has five starting appearances to his name so far, with two clean sheets.
Fellow goalkeeper, and highly rated youngster, Akos Onodi headed out to Bromsgrove Sporting who ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division Central. The loan is described as ‘long’ – whatever that might mean.
The 20-year-old stopper has made four starting appearances so far, keeping one clean sheet.
This @OnodiAkos penalty save was a crucial moment at the VG last weekend
Which players will be making the big moments this weekend?
Only one way to find out…@EmiratesFACup. Saturday 3:00pm. VG.
No Premier League?
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— Bromsgrove Sporting (@SportingFC) September 3, 2021
Midfielder Finn Azaz was actually a summer capture from West Bromwich Albion, and he immediately headed out to League Two side Newport County for the year. The 20-year-old has made four starting appearances so far, contributing one assist.
Versatile defender Seb Revan headed out for his first taste of life on loan and joined Grimsby Town for the remainder of the campaign. The 18-year-old made his starting debut for them at the end of August in a scoreless draw with Stockport County.
Promising right back Kaine Kessler Hayden headed out to Swindon Town for a spell in League Two. The 18-year-old talent has had a lively time of it so far. Four starting appearances, two yellow cards, a red card and he won a penalty on his debut.
Very highly rated youngster Louie Barry headed to League One side Ipswich Town for the campaign, and the 18-year-old has made two starts so far, with one substitute showing.
18-year-old striker Brad Young made the switch to League Two side Carlisle United and he boasts one starting appearance, with two substitute showings so far.
Next out was Tyreik Wright, with the 19-year-old heading to League Two Salford City as he looks to build on his experience last season with Walsall. The versatile attacker has so far made two starting appearances, with one showing off the bench, and he opened his goalscoring account in their game with Newport County at the end of last month.
Midfielder Arjan Raikhy headed to National League outfit Stockport County, and the 18-year-old now has two starting appearances to his name.
Wesley will continue his rehabilitation from Ben Mee’s horrific assault back at Club Brugge. He’s with them until the end of the 2021/22 campaign and he’s yet to debut.
Conor Hourihane also left on loan again, this time for Bramall Lane and Sheffield United. He’s with them until the end of the campaign wherein his contract will come to a natural end. He’s yet to debut.
Deadline day saw another three departures.
Versatile 20-year-old defender Mungo Bridge headed out to French Championnat National side FC Annercy, so he’s also yet to debut.
Freddy Guilbert headed back to French side Strasbourg for another season long loan and he’s yet to debut.
Finally, 20-year-old Dominic Revan made the switch out to League Two side Northampton Town as he looked to build on his experience last season with Weymouth and he’s also yet to debut, but he is only with them until January at this point.
And that’s your lot for now.