Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy sends message after goal-scoring appearance

The young Aston Villa player was happy to get on the score-sheet on Wednesday.

Aston Villa youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has taken to Twitter following his goal-scoring return to action for the club’s academy side.

The 16-year-old striker burst onto the scene last season when he came on as a substitute for the Premier League clash against Sunderland, playing for the last seven minutes of a 4-0 victory.

As a result, Hepburn-Murphy became the youngster Villa player to ever to appear in the Premier League era, proving yet again that manager Tim Sherwood is prepared to give young players a chance if he feels they are good enough.

The Villa teenager did not get any more chances last season, instead returning to the under-21 side, and while it would be foolish to expect too much too soon, in time he could play an important role for the Villa side of the future.

While the senior side are warming up for their Premier League campaign with a training camp in Portugal, Villa’s youngsters are also getting ready for another under-21 league and some of them took on Maidstone’s academy side on Wednesday.

Villa ran out 3-0 winners and Hepburn-Murphy netted, and after the match he took to Twitter to write the following message: “3-0 win today good to get 45 minutes and to get on the score sheet; feels great to be back playing.”

It remains to be seen if Sherwood will call on his young striker again next season, but a place on the substitutes’ bench could be a realistic target at some point in the next few months.

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