The teenage winger is now with Shrewsbury Town in League Two.
Aston Villa have produced some top youngsters in recent times but players cannot always make it at the club. One lad who didn’t was winger Josh Ginnelly. He was released by VIlla in 2013 aged 16, leaving him at the mercy of trial dates and recommendations for the future.
But now he is looking at a return to the Premier League, much to the horror of Villa.
He joined Shrewsbury Town when his deal at Villa was cut short and has since gone on to cement himself a place in the first-team squad. He possesses lightning pace and a bag of tricks, which have reportedly caught the eye of Premier League suitors.
The report claims Ginnelly has rejected a pro contract at the New Meadow, and that Newcastle and Sunderland have been actively monitoring his performances in recent months.
The Tyne-Wear rivals now seemingly have a battle on their hands to convince Ginnelly just which club best represents his chance of a future in the Premier League.
Either way, Aston Villa will be hoping they are not left with egg on their face.