Aston Villa loanee aiming to emulate Grealish's first-team breakthrough

After seeing Aston Villa teammate Jack Grealish use his Notts County loan spell to break into the first-team setup, Callum Robinson is hoping his stint at Preston North End will produce similar results.

Aston Villa youngster Callum Robinson is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow academy product Jack Grealish as he enters the second month of his loan spell at Preston North End.

Initially joining the League One side in mid-September on a month-long deal, the 19-year-old striker’s impressive attacking outings moved manager Simon Grayson to have his time in the North West extended until January 3.

Having made his first start in five appearances in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Gillingham, the England Under-20 international is still searching for his first goal, but has stressed his desire to break into the Villa first-team upon returning to the midlands, just as Grealish has managed followed a successful stint in the third-tier with Notts County last season.

‘The fans have also been great with me. It’s a change coming here from Aston Villa but everyone here has helped me settle in,’ he told the Lancashire Evening Post.

‘One of my best friends is Jack Grealish who has got games in the Villa first team this season. He went out on loan to Notts County last year and played 37 games for them.

‘Jack’s getting his chance now and it shows that it can be done.

‘The academy at Villa is one of the better ones and they give youth a chance.

‘Hopefully that’s what I can do, get experience here and then go back there and push for a place in the first team.’

Considered one of Villa’s brightest prospects, Robinson made his senior debut in a 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last September, before going on to make four Premier League cameos towards the end of the season.

The promising front man had been training with the first-team at the start of the new campaign, despite not seeing match action, but wouldn’t be averse to his Preston stay being extended beyond January if things go well over the coming months.

‘At the moment I am here until January but it could get extended, that depends on how things are going,’ he added.

‘It would be nice to be involved until the end of the season especially if the club is pushing for promotion.’

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