Remember the infamous class of ’92 that emerged from the Manchester United youth system? Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Phil and Gary Neville to name a few all broke onto the scene in spectacular fashion and turned Manchester United into the dominant force they are today.
Judging by Aston Villa’s performance against that very side yesterday it seems the Villians could have their own class of 2010 of up and coming stars finding their feet at Villa Park. A midfield consisting of rookie midfielders Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan and Johnathan Hogg more than held their own against Manchester United yesterday and despite not being able to kill the game off, it would be wrong not to be optimistic about what the future has in store for the youngsters.
Young Villians Marc Albrighton (see Albrighton’s goal at Fulham), Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Eric Lichaj, Fabian Delph, Ciaran Clark and Johnathan Hogg all look to already have the minerals to cut it in the Premier League despite their undeniably young age.
Special praise however, should be reserved for Marc Albrighton today who at the tender age of 20 took Villa Park by storm on Saturday and in truth the Manchester United back four of Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra and Brown had no answer to him and colleagues Stewart Downing and Ashley Young all game long as they attacked the wings with a sense of purpose. Take the second goal for example, the movement and build up bared many similarities to the goals Germany were putting past sides during this years World cup.
Aston Villa despite losing fan favourites Martin O’Neil and James Milner in one season could look upon this event as a blessing in disguise as this in turn has enabled the young Villians to show what they were made of. Villa sit in 8th in the Premier League table despite only picking up a point yesterday and whilst nothing out of the ordinary will be expected of them this season, next season once Gerard Houllier has bolstered his squad with a couple clever signings and the youngsters establish themselves domestically, Aston Villa will almost certainly once again be challenging for that top 4 spot they crave and perhaps this time with more bite and conviction.
The only worry one would have as a Villain is how long it will take before the fat cats at Man City get a whiff of the talent at Villa Park and dig out their cheque books in attempt to prize away the Villa stars.
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