Date: 8th May 2021 at 7:02pm
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With Aston Villa Academy starlet, Carney Chukwuemeka, continuing to progress brilliantly this season and making real strides in his performance levels and development, we’ve all seen some of the mental speculation being peddled in some sections of the media when it comes to his future.

The now 17-year-old has long been a media favourite for some as his talent naturally makes for good headlines that involve clubs like Bayern Munich, Manchester City and enter your own for clickbait purposes.

Amidst all the internet claims about supposedly being unhappy at the club and ‘quitting this summer’, head coach Dean Smith has reportedly laid out his first team development plan, and the lad isn’t playing like he’s unhappy.

Conveniently, most of the reports seem to miss the fact that he’s already penned a pro deal with us and with growing first team involvement this year, I fail to see why he’d feel the need to move on given our upward curve and the investment into our Academy.

Time will tell when it comes to the truth of these claims, but if former favourite Alan Hutton is right here, Carney should more than know how the club see his future panning out.

“They love him as a player, I know that for a fact. Dean Smith loves him, they want to bring him through. They’ve put a lot of faith in him. He’s so young but he plays well beyond his years. I mean that’s the biggest compliment I can give him. For such a young boy to play with that calmness and control at such an early age. I mean I remember when I was at that age, I was just sometimes running about like a headless chicken, still trying to learn the positions. He knows exactly what the game is about and he’s very mature for being so young.”

His performances this year have certainly whet the appetite of fans on our Vital Villa Forum as some comparisons with Jack Grealish can more than be seen when you watch a few of the clips of him in action.

You certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a cameo before the end of this season, and that also goes for Jaden Philogene-Bidace.

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