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Aston Villa coach backs Jordan Lyden to emulate Jack Grealish success

The youngster was a substitute in the 6-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

Aston Villa youth coach Ben Petty has backed youngster Jordan Lyden to follow in Jack Grealish’s footsteps, in comment to the club’s official website.

The young midfielder has been a regular in the Villa first team squad in recent months, featuring on bench against Arsenal in December before making a start against Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup last month.

He recently made his Premier League bow as well, coming on as a late substitute in the 6-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

And Petty says he is one that those at the club have always felt could emulate Jack Grealish's success in breaking into the first team squad. 

"Over the last three or four years Jordan's been one, like Jack Grealish, who you look at as a potential first team player,” he told avfc.co.uk.

"His attitude and his mind-set have always been very good. He's always been an outstanding young academy player. We're delighted for him.

"He's worked very, very hard. He's very focused and his work ethic is outstanding. It doesn't surprise me to see him flourishing in that environment.”

There is every chance that Lyden could find himself as a first team regular next season should they be relegated to the Championship.

The club is likely to sell off most of their first team stars in that eventuality, as they look to cut costs and more importantly rid themselves of the deadwood in the squad.

Such a situation could provide a chance to their up and coming youngsters, and Lynden would likely be chief among those pushing for a first team place.

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