Aston Villa’s Callum Robinson outlines his aims for this coming season

The Aston Villa youngster is hoping to break into the first-team this season.

Robinson enjoyed a successful loan spell with League One side Preston North End last term, and he has told the Birmingham Mail that he is looking to break into the Villa first-team this coming season.

The youngster said: “I want to play in Villa’s first team so I need to impress the gaffer. He wanted me back here towards the end of last season which was good for me.

“I have in the back of my mind where I want to be and that’s Villa’s first team. But I have to keep making sure I perform in training and on the pitch, all during this pre-season.”

The forward netted seven goals in 28 games at Deepdale during the 2014/15 campaign, helping Preston back into the Championship.

He has returned to Villa Park for pre-season, and having seen Tim Sherwood utilise Jack Grealish in the first-team set-up despite his young age and lack of experience, Robinson is hoping to emulate the talented wonderkid.

For Robinson, 20, having Sherwood in charge of the club could play a vital role in giving him opportunities to play next term.

The head coach proved at Tottenham that he would willingly select younger academy prospects over established first-team players if they could cut it in the top flight, and Spurs benefitted with the breakthroughs of Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane.

Grealish is Villa’s own example of Sherwood’s faith in youth, and Robinson could be the next in line to make his mark at the Birmingham-based club.

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