Aston Villa have been linked with signing the latest talent to come out of the famous Crewe Alexandra football academy.
Luke Murphy was raised through the Crewe Academy system and although it’s taken him a little time to get going, he’s now producing the form that the club always though he was capable of.
Aston Villa have a clear and obvious youth policy, which they have been using this season and which they will continue to use and it makes the 23-year-old perfect for Paul Lambert’s squad.
He may be a late developer but Crewe don’t produce very many poor players and they are probably only in League One at the moment, because every time a player like this realises his potential, he gets sold.
Murphy is a power house of a midfielder, a classic number eight who goes around sticking his foot in when he needs to and also getting involved in the creative side of the game when he can.
This is proved by the ten assists he has come up with this season alongside the five goals he’s scored in the league. He’s only notched up six yellow cards, which also shows that while he’s aggressive, he’s not a reckless player.
The biggest reason Villa should go after him is because of his experience, which seems to be far greater than his years would suggest. He’s already played over 150 games for the club.
This gives him an experience level that he may not have had, if he’d moved to a Premier League side when he was young to be used in a mixture of reserve team games and loan spells.
Crewe have always been very efficient in terms of the fees they hold out for, which was perfectly demonstrated by the £6 million Manchester United had to pay to sign Nick Powell.
However, it will still be on the lower side, which is important for Villa considering their current debts and the fact they can’t go paying way over the odds for any player worth over the £10 million mark.
Dan Smith is another example, a talented player but someone who was sold to Liverpool for just a six figure fee, which proves that good value targets are available from the League One club.
Murphy seems a ready made player for this sort of step up. The club will of course have to develop him further in a physical and professional sense but he does seem to have a very good chance of being effective quickly at Aston Villa and the club shouldn’t be afraid to invest in this sort of signing.
Villa fans, what are your thoughts on him?
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