Aston Villa youngster Jerell Sellars aiming to kick on after debut goal

The 19-year-old striker marked his first senior appearance with a goal in Villa's 2-0 friendly win at Swindon Town.

Aston Villa striker Jerell Sellars is hoping that his first senior goal can help push him into Tim Sherwood’s plans for the coming campaign.

Sellars, 19, was speaking to AVTV after finding the back of the net on his first-team debut on Tuesday night, as Villa secured a comfortable 2-0 victory at Swindon Town in their third pre-season matchup.

Brought on for the injured Carles Gil just before the hour, the promising forward did not see much of the ball during his first 25 minutes of action but he worked hard and was later rewarded for his efforts as the match reached its closing stages.

Capitalising on a poor back pass, the substitute charged down Swindon goalkeeper Jamie Stephens to double Villa’s lead with eight minutes left and almost grabbed a second not long after when he forced a fine save from the opposition custodian.

It was certainly an eye-catching outing from the speedy front man, who saw several of his Under-21 teammates join him on the pitch near the end, and one which he hopes leads to some competitive minutes in the near future.

Speaking on his goal, Sellars said: “I can’t explain it, especially when it’s my first time with the first-team. It’s an amazing feeling.

“Even if I didn’t play, just to be involved is still massive for my development, so to get more than 30 minutes is really good for me.

“It was a great experience and I just want to kick on now and hopefully get a sniff in the first-team."

Continuing on what he could bring to the first-team, he added: “I’m a dribbler and a shooter really but my main quality is my pace. I just want to be up there at the top.”

Sellars, who originally joined Villa from Conference side Lincoln City in 2012, recorded four goals and three assists in 21 games for Sid Cowans’ Under-21 side last season, while seeing time up top, on the wing and even in a No. 10 role.

He has not received the same amount of headlines as the likes of Jack Grealish and fellow forward Callum Robinson of late but, after outshining the latter against Swindon, he could well be set to capitalise on Sherwood’s noted fondness for giving homegrown talent a chance.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch