Callum Robinson admits wanting to emulate Tottenham youngsters under 'perfect' Sherwood

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

Aston Villa forward Callum Robinson is keen to make an impression under Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa youngster Callum Robinson has told the club's official website that he wants to follow in the footsteps of team-mate Jack Grealish.

Robinson, 20, has returned to Aston Villa this summer having spent last season on loan with Preston North End, where the youngster impressed.

With seven goals in 28 games for the Lilywhites, Robinson played an important role under North End boss Simon Grayson, who guided the club to promotion - even if Robinson couldn't play in the play-off final against Swindon Town.

That was because Villa boss Tim Sherwood wanted Robinson back at Villa Park so he could assess the forward, who is tipped to have a bright future at Villa Park.

Now, Robinson is away in Portugal with the Villa squad on their training camp, and he told the club's official website that he is keen to emulate not only team-mate Grealish, who has also stepped up from the youth setup to the first team, but also the Tottenham youngsters who thrived under Sherwood previously.

"You've seen the lads at Tottenham come through. He gave them the platform and look at them now," said Robinson. "He's the perfect manager for me. But that doesn't mean you will get in. You have to show him you've got what it takes - and you have to work extremely hard. It's a great incentive he offers - perform well and you will play. You can't ask for anything more.

"You just have to train well. Look at Jack Grealish. He's out there training well and the gaffer has given him his chance. I want to be the next one to break in. The gaffer had a word with me before we came out to Portugal. He told me to impress him. That's what any player wants to hear. He wouldn't be frightened to give me a chance. If you do well, you know he won't ignore you," he added.

Aston Villa's own class of youngsters?

Much has been made of Tottenham's crop of prospects; the likes of Danny Rose, Ryan Mason, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane all feature on a regular basis for Spurs, and were nurtured by Sherwood during his time at White Hart Lane.

Now, the Villa boss will be hoping to repeat the trick again. Grealish is clearly the star of the show in terms of Villa's youngsters, but with Robinson, Gary Gardner, Lewis Kinsella and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy also emerging, Sherwood could have his own pool of young talent to choose from in the near future.

Sherwood's reputation is built on his work with young players, and after seeing what he did for now-England star Kane, it's no surprise Robinson wants to follow suit.

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