Tim Sherwood has high praise for Aston Villa's Lewis Kinsella

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The new boss is delighted with the impact the defender has made since joining first-team training.

Defender Lewis Kinsella had made an instant impression with the Aston Villa first-team, manager Tim Sherwood has told the Birmingham Mail.

The left-back, 20, travelled with the squad for last month’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United due to a spate of defensive injures, and was an unused substitute in last weekend’s 2-0 FA Cup win over West Bromwich Albion.

Having been training with the first-team since Sherwood’s arrival, the new boss has been more than pleased with what he’s seen from him so far, and has suggested that he could have a long-term future at the club.

“He’s done well,” said Sherwood. “He is a player you recognise on the pitch because he leaves someone sprawling out on the floor every time he’s out there.

“For a young boy he’s not shy. I want them to be recognised. I certainly know his name.

“I’m not going to walk past him in the restaurant. Sometimes you see kids and I could be at a club for a year and I still don’t know their name and they’ve trained with us 100 times. That’s not what I’m looking for.”

Kinsella is a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Sunderland, however, after picking up an ankle knock in Monday night’s Under-21s victory at Bolton Wanderers.

“He’s just got a kick in the under 21s game, so he might be struggling,” Sherwood added. “But he’s a defender and that’s what happens here!”

A former Arsenal trainee, Kinsella has established himself as a regular with the Under-21s over recent seasons but, when it comes to the club’s top prospects, it’s rare to see his name mentioned alongside the likes of Jack Grealish and Callum Robinson.

Nevertheless, with Sherwood arriving with a reputation for putting faith in homegrown talent from his time at Tottenham Hotspur, the promising defender looks to be starting off on the right foot.

He himself told the club’s official website earlier this week on his first-team experience: “With the new gaffer, everyone’s getting opportunities, even the first and second years.

“Kev [assistant manager Kevin MacDonald] pushes the youngsters as well so it’s a great opportunity for all of us to show off what we have.

“It’s completely changed. Everyone’s buzzing and it’s quality to be involved with.”

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