Aston Villa have some fine young players coming through the ranks.
Aston Villa fans will be forgiven for thinking this weekend offered little suggestion that the future would be any brighter than the present after Remi Garde’s side put in an awful performance against Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the FA Cup.
However, while Villa struggle both in the league and now the famous old cup competition, the club’s next generation set about lifting some of the clouds currently enveloping the club.
A 5-1 FA Youth Cup victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park showcased some of Villa’s wonderful young talent, with two players in particular standing out.
Corey Taylor is an 18-year-old right winger who can also play as a forward if required, and against Palace he bossed the match, setting up the first two goals for Kelsey Mooney and Callum O’Hare.
With 10 matches for Villa’s under-21s already under his belt, nine of which have come this season, Taylor is certainly one to watch, and on this evidence he looks set to take the competition by storm in the months ahead.
Andre Green made it three before Palace pulled one back through Levi Lumeka, but the second half saw further goals from O’Hare and Jake Humphries.
While Green added an assist to his strike and looked a constant threat, it was two-goal O’Hare who really caught the eye and his performance was a fine way to celebrate the professional contract he signed back in December.
O’Hare scored six goals in his first 10 matches at academy level this season and he has continued to find the net regularly.
So while Villa’s first-team squad struggle for any level of consistency, the next generation are developing at an impressive rate.