This is the latest Aston Villa news with two deal coming the ways in few days time as board vigorous recruiting drive really paying off massively for the club.
Next week, Aston Villa plans to make public the two-part agreement that will bring in Rory Wilson and Ewan Simpson. While Simpson, who turns 16 next month, will go to Bodymoor Heath from Hearts in a deal for £250,000, Wilson, 16, comes having scored 49 goals for Rangers’ younger teams last year.
The two young players had been in the works since last year, when Steve McGavin, the head of recruiting at Villa’s academy, moved quickly to beat out other Premier League teams.
Scotland is a great market, according to a source who spoke to BirminghamLive. “Clubs could need the money, and even Celtic and Rangers will always sell you a player,” said the player.
The youngsters up there possess what can be called “Scottish steel,” or inner determination. Just take a peek at the Premier League’s current success tales. Given that they share a same language and diet, there isn’t much of a transition either.
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If you didn’t already know, Villa doesn’t have any scouts stationed in Scotland; they handle all of the preliminary work themselves. Bravo to them for acting rapidly to sign Wilson and Simpson before the others. Those two athletes have extremely promising futures.
Wilson, a striker who plays a year above for the under-17s and has earned eight of his 11 Scottish caps through goal scoring, has been dubbed a goal scorer of many different types.
In that he can score from any spot, outside the 3-point line, and with tap-ins, he reminds me of Kevin Phillips. speed and physique. He’s a pretty excellent kid, one of our contacts in recruitment informed us.
Simpson, who is still just 15 years old, keeps the ball really well. He is a highly smart football player and is spotless. He will direct it while seated in front of a back four. Let me tell you, there’s a lot of enthusiasm about him.
Meanwhile, since Brexit, Villa has been compelled to access the Scottish market more freely. Kerr Smith, a potential center defender, was acquired from Dundee United in January for a sum that, if add-ons are activated, could reach $2 million.
Omari Kellyman was rapidly acquired by Villa from Derby County in March following a succession of standout performances for Northern Ireland’s under-17 team.
If his outstanding progress continues, the 16-year-old is expected to transfer his allegiance to England and become a star for their young teams, according to those who have trained him.
A source close to the young player informed us, “Kellyman can play anyplace.” He is 16 years old and 6 feet 4 inches tall. He can play wide, central, as a No.4, eight, 10 or where he’s been playing currently up front. He’s one to keep an eye on for Villa fans.”
Bodymoor Heath’s talent pipeline is still running at full speed. Tim Iroegbunam, 18, was quickly promoted to the first team by head coach Steven Gerrard last year.
Three months after he took over for Dean Smith, he gave the former West Brom prospect his Premier League debut at Brighton. Iroegbunam signed a massive new five-year contract at Villa Park back in March, and he might truly profit from a Championship loan deal next season.
This past week, QPR manager and former Aston Villa assistant Michael Beale said, “What I would say is that there’s some wonderful young players at Aston Villa.” “The quantity and quality of players that may possibly succeed, led by Jacob Ramsey, reminds me of my time at Chelsea.
At the moment, he may be the star, but there are six, seven, eight, or even nine players who may make an impact if given time and patience. These guys will need experience to go out on loan. For Aston Villa, this is a really exciting time.
In other news, construction has started on Villa’s new inner-city academy, which will be located in Aston, between Witton Road and Tame Road, only yards from Villa Park. April 2023 has been designated as the completion date. You can read in detail about that fascinating project, which aims to find metropolitan areas’ hidden treasures, right here.
Villa announced a reorganization of its under-18s and under-23s last week. Tony Carss, who left Blackburn Rovers to take over for the since-departed Mark Delaney, will begin working as Villa’s new under-23 senior professional development phase coach next month.
Gerard Nash, a former Ipswich Town academy coach, has been named lead under-18 professional development phase coach. He will collaborate with Adem Atay, another recent hire and a former Ipswich coworker. With a focus once more put on cultivating potential for the club’s first squad, the appointments are a part of a modernization of Villa’s junior systems.
The South Asian presence between the ages of under-8s and under-11s will be the focus of a special football development session held by the Villa academy at the Castle Vale Stadium the following week (July 2).
Selected players will be invited back to Bodymoor Heath during the day. The event is a result of a collaboration between Aston Villa and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to increase the number of south Asian players in the academy and to promote engagement among young football aspirants.
Scott Curry, Aston Villa’s talent identification manager, said: “We think it’s critical that our football team reflects Birmingham’s rich diversity and multiculturalism. The club’s strong efforts to find potential local players of all ages and backgrounds will be strengthened by the upcoming Talent ID days.”