Aston Villa's Lewis Kinsella tweets delight at Luton loan, earns praise from new boss

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The promising defender has joined the League Two club for the rest of the season.

Having joined Luton Town on loan for the remainder of the season, Aston Villa left-back Lewis Kinsella took to Twitter to express his delight at the prospect of regular first-team football.

Kinsella, 20, has been drafted into the Villa first-team in recent weeks for the Premier League games against Newcastle United, Sunderland and Swansea, as well as the FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom, although he is still to make it off the bench.

The promising defender has made a big impression on Tim Sherwood with his work on the training ground, though, as the new manager told the club's official website earlier this month.

"Lewis has done well,” said Sherwood. "He is a player you recognise on the pitch. He leaves someone sprawling out on the floor every time he's out there.

“Sometimes you see kids and I've been at the club for a year and I still don't know their name and they've trained with us 100 times.

"That isn't what I'm looking for."

However, with the club wanting him to get some senior action, the Watford-born prospect has now linked up with John Still at Luton, as the League Two club continue their promotion bid.

Sitting in sixth-place with eight matches remaining, the Hatters were in search of a new left-back as Scott Griffiths prepares to undergo a hernia operation, and Still believes he could well prove an important contributor during the final run in.

“We are very lucky to have a player of Lewis’ calibre – it speaks volumes that he has been on Villa’s bench for their last two Premier League games,” he told Luton’s official website.

“With Scott unavailable and needing an operation we are light of players in that area, and with that in mind, we’re delighted to be able to do a deal to bring Lewis to Luton Town.

“He is very highly thought of at Villa Park and he has been training regularly with the first team. He’s a young man but he’s a tough and up-and-at-them defender, and whenever we’ve seen him play we’ve always been massively impressed.”

A former Arsenal trainee, Kinsella has established himself as a regular with Villa’s Under-21s over recent seasons and was also a part of the side which won the 2012-13 NextGen Series.

While he is out of contract in the summer, Sherwood’s noted-trust in homegrown talent should see him back at the club next season, when it’s hoped his experience at Luton will stand him in good stead for making his first-team breakthrough.

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