Aston Villa’s Lewis Kinsella: Why Tim Sherwood’s appointment has given extra incentive to young players

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Lewis Kinsella is currently on loan at Luton Town, and is hoping for a chance at Villa.

Speaking to the Watford Observer, Kinsella, 20, has admitted that Tim Sherwood’s appointment at Villa Park has given him an extra incentive to impress the new boss.

“I think it is good for players whenever a new manager comes in because it is a clean slate and it doesn’t matter how old you are,” the English left-back said. “It is a new chance to impress.

“And Tim Sherwood did play a lot of young boys at Tottenham so it gives you even more of an incentive to do well because he believes in young players.”

Sherwood is commonly regarded as the coach who started Tottenham Hotspur’s current youth drive, being especially vital in the breakthroughs of Nabil Bentaleb, and to a lesser extent, Harry Kane.

He has no qualms with utilising youth players if he believes that they can perform to a higher level than their older counterparts, and immediately following the 46-year-old’s appointment at Villa Park, Kinsella was named in three matchday squads.

He has yet to appear for Villa though, and his two appearances for Luton in League Two are the first of his professional competitive career. He has yet to help the club to a victory, and will be hoping that he can play a key role in improving their fortunes in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

If he can do enough to impress, Sherwood may just be willing to take a risk of the young full-back next season.

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