Ray Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning that Aston Villa are heading in the right direction in terms of bringing up promising young players.
"I thought that Villa are going in the right direction," said the former Villa assistant manager. "There are a number of young men there (in the academy) that I am sure will take part within the next couple of years.
"There are a very good batch of 16 upwards, and you would expect to see a few of those young men taking part in the Barclays Premier League and they won’t let them down either."
Villa are a big club and have produced some brilliant young players over the years.
However, at the moment, the Villans are struggling for survival in the Premier League and are in real danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Remi Garde’s side suffered a heavy defeat to Everton away from home at Goodison Park in the league today.
Villa remain at the foot of the Premier League table, and there is a real danger that they will find themselves in the Championship next season.
If the Villans do go down, then perhaps the young players that Wilkins rates so highly will get chances and help the club get promoted back to the top flight of English football.