Aston Villa named an unfamiliar player on the bench this weekend, so what do their fans need to know about him?
Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is famed for giving youth a chance, with Tottenham Hotspur now benefiting from the faith he showed in the likes of Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb last season.
Now at Villa Park, Sherwood showed that willingness to blood young players remains, after he named 16-year-old Rushian Hepburn-Murphy on the substitutes’ bench for the Premier League match against Sunderland.
For those Villa fans eager to know more about him, here are five facts to get you started:
1) Hepburn-Murphy was born in September 1998 – that is after the World Cup in France which shows just how young Villa’s latest talent is!
2) The teenager is a centre-forward who has played three times for the club’s under-21 side to date, racking up 97 minutes on the pitch but yet to score a goal.
3) The Villa youngster has represented England’s under-16 side on four occasions, making his debut in November 2013.
4) Hepburn-Murphy recently impressed for Villa in the Wiesbadener Liliencup – an under-17 tournament played at the start of the year. The forward was the competition’s joint-top scorer with five goals, including a hat-trick against Rapid Vienna.
5) The teenager is a local lad who has come through the ranks at the club and given his talent there is no reason to suggest he will not ultimately be a very effective option for Sherwood in time.