Remi Garde discusses Aston Villa youngster Jordan Lyden's display against Wycombe

Rémi Garde

The 19-year-old Australian made his first start for the club at right-back in Tuesday night's FA Cup third round replay at Villa Park.

Jordan Lyden made his first start for Aston Villa in Tuesday night’s 2-0 FA Cup third round replay win over Wycombe Wanderers and managed to leave quite an impression.

The 19-year-old Australian, who earned his senior debut as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw at Wycombe earlier this month, started the match at right-back rather than his natural defensive midfield role but still stood out as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise disappointing performance from the hosts.

As well as proving solid at the back, the versatile teenager was not afraid to get forward and supplied some nice deliveries into the opposition box throughout the 90 minutes.

Manager Remi Garde was certainly pleased with his display on the right-hand side of defence, telling the club’s official website after the match: “It was not his favourite position - he is more a midfield player – but Leo Bacuna was a little bit injured, like Alan Hutton.

“I wanted to play Micah Richards as a centre-back. Jordan Lyden told me he has already played this position. For his first game, he was okay - he's a good player!

“He is working well. He is young and he is working very well in training sessions.

“He's got a very good attitude. He is one of the best attitudes in the team - that's important when you want to go step by step as a football player.”

Lyden, who was born in Australia to English parents, originally joined Villa from ECU Joondalup in 2012 and penned a new deal until 2017 ahead of last season after breaking into the Under-21s.

The youngster subsequently saw his progress curtailed by a serious hamstring injury which sidelined him for the entire 2014-15 campaign, but he managed to recover in time to feature in two first-team friendlies this past pre-season under former manager Tim Sherwood.

After going on to impress for Gordon Cowans' Under-21 side through the first few months of the season, the emerging utility man was promoted to the first-team by new boss Garde in early December and has since earned two FA Cup run-outs and been an unused substitute for four Premier League games.

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