What a difference a week makes: Hepburn-Murphy tweets ahead of 'big game'

A teenage Aston Villa player has a very different focus a week on from his first-team debut.

Last weekend, Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy became the fourth youngest player ever to feature in the Premier League when he came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 win against Sunderland.

It was an unexpected and wonderful moment in the life of the 16-year-old, but just a week later he has very different thoughts on his mind.

Whereas last Saturday morning the Villa youngster was reflecting on his inclusion in the match-day squad, this week he has an under-18 match against Manchester United firmly in his sights.

The two sides go head-to-head in the Premier Academy League and the Villa forward understands the importance of the fixture.

Tweeting on Friday afternoon he wrote, “Big game tomorrow vs ManU first game of the playoffs need a win to give us confidence going into the next 6 games.”

What a difference a week makes – with the Villa first-team heading into their match against Swansea City with renewed confidence and Hepburn-Murphy moving back to the level he is more accustomed to, at least for now.

One thing is sure; if the Villa teenager keeps up his fine form, he may be experiencing far more first-team football next season and beyond.

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