Teenager Rushian Hepburn-Murphy shines for Aston Villa under-21s

The 17-year-old scored and bagged an assist in a behind closed doors friendly.

Aston Villa are now under the control of Frenchman Remi Garde and are still awaiting their first goal under his management after a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

The club invested heavily in the attacking department this summer after the departure of Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool. Rudy Gestede was brought in from Blackburn Rovers and Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew was snapped up from Lorient.

But the club could still do with more attacking options, but it might be they already have one.

Youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy received his first-team debut for Villa last season. The 17-year-old made his debut for Villa in March, coming on as a substitute against Sunderland during a 4-0 win for the club.

But it is important to remember his age and he has now returned to featuring in the age groups for Villa.

But yesterday he once again caught the eye during a behind-closed-doors friendly for Villa against the Fulham under-21s.

He scored one and assisted the other in an eye-catching performance which again demonstrates his precocious talent.

Whether the teenager will get another look in this season remains to be seen but it is surely only a matter of time before he is featuring regularly for the Villa first-team.

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