Here is how Aston Villa’s under-21s will line up against Derby County this evening:
Aston Villa U21 starting XI: Bunn, Webb, Ilori, Mason, kinsella, Traore, Cowans, Lyden, Grealish, McKirdy, Kozak
Aston Villa U21 subs: Sarkic, Swift, Leggett, Lyons-Foster, Hales
Aston Villa’s next generation take on Derby County tonight with Remi Garde no doubt watching to see which, if any, of these youngsters are ready to step up and potentially make a mark on the first-team.
How the senior side could do with some more exciting talent making waves at that level, with Villa currently bottom of the Premier League having picked up just six points from their first 15 matches.
A draw against Southampton at the weekend was a step in the right direction, but it is only the first of many that will be needed if Garde is to guide his new squad away from the relegation zone.
For that reason some of the players on show this evening could yet have a part to play over the festive period and beyond, and they will know that a positive performance at this level could make all the difference both to their club and to their own futures in the game.