Joey Barton on Aston Villa's 'terrible injustice', gives them advice after Rashford's exploits

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Joey Barton has urged Aston Villa to turn to youth.

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has told BBC Sport that he thinks Aston Villa should turn to youth - but feels their relegation is a 'terrible injustice' for football.

Villa lost for the 18th time in the Premier League this season on Tuesday night, as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Everton in another disappointing performance.

Villa remain bottom of the Premier League table with just three wins to their name, and as they sit eight points clear with only ten games left to play, relegation seems a formality.

Many fans and pundits are concerned that Villa could go the same way as teams like Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers have in recent years, in not only falling to the Championship, but then also to League One after years of decline.

A change of manager this season hasn't worked for Villa, and the writing was on the wall when they failed to sign any players in January, meaning they continue to start the likes of Alan Hutton and Gabriel Agbonlahor;  experienced players who have offered little of late.

Now, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has told BBC Sport that he thinks Villa should look to Marcus Rashford - the Manchester United teenager who has scored four goals in two games - as proof that they should instead look to play young players and really prepare for relegation.

Barton also suggested that seeing such a huge club relegated from the Premier League is a 'terrible injustice', but did state that Villa do indeed deserve to be relegated after a torrid campaign.

"You look at that Villa team and it is not a team which is equipped to deal with Championship football. It's just not," said Barton. "I feel sorry for manager Remi Garde as the ship had massive holes in it when he took over. It is a fantastic place to play and a fantastic club. If you don't spend in January and say that you are going to prepare for life in the Championship, then why not start playing some kids from the academy? At least they'll show some passion."

"One of the irritations of the Villa fans, the reason why they're walking out of the stadium is that lack of effort. Put the kids in, give them an opportunity. Marcus Rashford has shown at Manchester United that, if given chances, our kids can do a lot better than some of these ridiculously over-priced foreign players."

"The Villa fans are showing discontent and you can't blame them,The only way out of this is: can they press the reset button? Aston Villa have never been out of the Premier League. This is going to be a terrible injustice for football, but they deserve to go down," he added.

With players like Lewis Kinsella, Jordan Lyden, Jack Grealish, Callum Robinson, Gary Gardner, Andre Green and Easah Suliman all coming up through the ranks and hoping to really establish themselves as Villa first-team players in the coming years - with some even out on loan in the Championship right now - there must come a time when manager Remi Garde bloods some of these young players and gives fans a glimpse of the future, as the current crop of players aren't giving supporters any hope.

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