Aston Villa loanee Riccardo Calder explains his frustrations at being on the bench

The 19-year-old is hoping to shine at Dundee.

Aston Villa have developed a reputation in recent times for producing some very talented young players.

One such name is Riccardo Calder. The 19-year-old was part of the team that won the 2012-13 NextGen Series along with Jack Grealish and has played for England at youth level.

Of course the teenager, who can play in defence or midfield, had no chance of making it into the Aston Villa this season so he was loaned out to Dundee of the Scottish Premier League for six months this summer.

He has so far played six times for the club but in recent times has seen a lot of football from the Dundee bench.

He has been speaking about those frustrations to the Dundee Evening Telegraph this week and has made it clear that he is not in Scotland to make up the numbers.

He told the paper:

“I don’t want to be sitting on the bench. That’s definitely not what I came here to do. I came with the intention to prove myself at a good level and then go back a better player for it.

“It’s for that reason I want to be in the team. I thought that would be the case when I came here.

“But, sometimes, everything doesn’t go to plan in this game. And, in the short-term, if I have to sit on the bench before I get my chance, then I have to just be patient.

“When I am handed my next start, I need to be ready to produce. Hopefully, the gaffer will have the confidence to throw me in this weekend.”

Calder will certainly have to make a breakthrough soon if he is to have any chance of a first-team future at Villa.

If he cannot force his way into the first-team in Scotland, what chance does he have at Villa Park.

The next couple of months could be massive in Calder's development.

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